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    President Pompidou yesterday (Saturday) reviewed army and navy parades at Toulon, the climax of a week of large scale land, sea and air manoeuvres involving seven nations.

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    President Pompidou yesterday (Saturday) reviewed army and navy parades at Toulon, the climax of a week of large scale land, sea and air manoeuvres involving seven nations. Units of the US sixth fleet, and squadrons of the British, Italian, West German, Dutch and Spanish air forces took part in the giant exercises, which were designed to test France's nuclear defences.

    The foreign navies an aircraft formed the main enemy force which simulated attacks against French territory after an assumed acute crisis in the Mediterranean.

    At a press conference later, President Pompidou said France would strengthen her armed forces in keeping with France's role in foreign affairs.

    SYNOPSIS: A week of the largest military manoeuvres in France since the end of the Second World War was climaxed on Saturday when President Pompidou reviewed army and naval parades in Toulon, the French naval base for the Mediterranean. The President arrived in Toulon to a warm welcome from the crowd.

    Altogether 12,000 men of the French army, and 400 aircraft of the air force and fleet air arm took part in the manoeuvres, which were designed to test France's nuclear defences. The French forces defended missile bases and other key installations from simulated attacks by enemy forces. The role of the enemy was played by ships of the United States Sixth Fleet and aircraft from retain, West Germany, Italy, Holland and Spain.

    Altogether ships and aircraft from seven nations, most of them members of NATO, took part in the exercises. France has increased its military cooperation with NATO forces since the death of General de Gaulle - he withdrew France from NATO, while remaining within the Atlantic Alliance.

    The exercises coincided with a move by the Assembly of the Western European Union urging the NATO council to improve allied defence in the Mediterranean, in view of the Soviet build-up there.

    At a press conference later, President Pompidou said that the French armed forces wold be strengthened in keeping with France's role in foreign affairs. He said that France had special interest in the Mediterranean area.

    And in answer to a question, President Pompidou said that France and the Mediterranean countries would like be left alone. They have no desire to see foreign fleets there, he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE9X3GRX39W8RMD0TZLPIV07DE
    Media URN:
    VLVAE9X3GRX39W8RMD0TZLPIV07DE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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