There have been large demonstration during the past week in the capital of Chad, Ndjamena, to protest against the decision by the French Government to pay a ransom to Chad rebels for the release of French archaeologist, Francoise Claustre.
GV demonstrators passing military camp on way to French Embassy
LV PAN troops guarding entrance to French Embassy.
CU Embassy sign
G demonstrators arrive at Embassy and hold demo outside gates (4 shots)
Demo banners reading no co-operation with France ( in french)
CU Vice President of GMS talking to the crowd and PAN over crowd.
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Background: There have been large demonstration during the past week in the capital of Chad, Ndjamena, to protest against the decision by the French Government to pay a ransom to Chad rebels for the release of French archaeologist, Francoise Claustre.
The Chad government has ordered France to evacuate its military basis in the country.
The loss of the Nidamena bases would be a serious blow to France because, with its 200 men, including parachutists light-motorised divisions and aircraft it is one of the largest military centres in Africa.
It is also strategically important as it balances the presence of the Soviet Union, China and Club in countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and the Congo.
But the Chad government, led by the Head of State, Felix Malloum, is adamant that the French must pull out within one month.
However, the evacuation order may also be to appease public opinion. It could also be tantamount to a denunciation of the military agreement made between France and Chad in 1960
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators in the capital city of Chad, Ndjamena. During the past week they have been protesting against the French Government's decision to pay a ransom to the Chad rebels, the Toubou, for the release of the french woman archaeologist, Francoise Claustre. They have criticised the French Government's direct dealing with the Toubou rebels for the release of Madame Claustre, who was Kidnapped seventeen months ago.
The French Government had firmly supported the Chad regime until the kidnapping. They supplied military equipment and advisers to the ruling Supreme Military Council ( the C.S.M. ) who allowed the French to maintain large military bases in the country. But now, supposedly because of the ransom payment of one million pounds plus military equipment, Chad's Head of State, Felix Malloum, has given France one month to pull its forces out of the African country. The French bases in Chad are strategically important as they balance the presence of the Soviet Union, China and Cuba in such countries as Somalia, Tanzania and the Congo.