• Short Summary

    ABOUT 2,000 ANGRY BRETONS MARCHED THROUGH THE FISHING PORT OF LANNION IN NORTHWEST FRANCE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ACCUSING THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT OF INEFFICIENCY IN DEALING WITH THE OIL FROM THE SUNKEN TANKER "TORREY CANYON."
    THE OIL, BLOWN ACROSS THE CHANNEL FROM SOUTHWEST ENGLAND, HAS SOILED ABOUT 100 MILES (160 KILOMETRES) OF BRITTANY'S CHANNEL COASTLINE.

  • Description

    ABOUT 2,000 ANGRY BRETONS MARCHED THROUGH THE FISHING PORT OF LANNION IN NORTHWEST FRANCE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ACCUSING THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT OF INEFFICIENCY IN DEALING WITH THE OIL FROM THE SUNKEN TANKER "TORREY CANYON."
    THE OIL, BLOWN ACROSS THE CHANNEL FROM SOUTHWEST ENGLAND, HAS SOILED ABOUT 100 MILES (160 KILOMETRES) OF BRITTANY'S CHANNEL COASTLINE. HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF OYSTER AND MUSSEL CULTIVATION BEDS HAVE BEEN POLLUTED, FISH SALES HAVE DROPPED BY ALMOST A HALF AND MANY HOLIDAY BEACHED HAVE BEEN BLACKENED.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS BY LOCAL INHABITANTS, AND INCLUDED PRIESTS, NUNS AND CHILDREN. IT FOLLOWED MOUNTING CRITICISM OF THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF THE CRISIS SINCE THE OIL STRUCK THE BRITTANY COAST A WEEK AGO.

    INFORMED SOURCES BELIEVED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO DECLARE A NATIONAL DISASTER AND ASSUMED THE FULL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COST OF THE BLACK TIDE AND MEET ALL COMPENSATION CLAIMS. BUT THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT IN PARIS, OR COMMENT FROM GOVERNMENT CIRCLES.

    MEANWHILE, THE THREAT TO BRITTANY'S SOUTHERN COAST RACING THE ATLANTIC WAS REPORTED TO BE FADING. FRENCH NAVAL PATROL AIRCRAFT REPORTED THAT A HUGE OIL PATCH 20 MILES (32 KILOMETRES) LONG, 12 MILES (19 KILOMETRES) WIDE AND SEVERAL CENTIMETRES THICK WAS MOVING SLOWLY OUT INTO THE ATLANTIC.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABWV62HE93CW83KJFO8K8R5WAL
    Media URN:
    VLVABWV62HE93CW83KJFO8K8R5WAL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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