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    The opening session of the Tunisian National Assembly took place recently for the purpose of drawing up and voting upon a constitution for the Tunisian Republic.

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    The opening session of the Tunisian National Assembly took place recently for the purpose of drawing up and voting upon a constitution for the Tunisian Republic.

    The session was inaugurated by the president of the Assembly, Mon. Djellouli Fares.

    The Assembly, which met at the Palais du Bardo, was addressed for over two hours by Tunisian President Bourguiba.

    President Habib Bourguiba has been reported as saying that Tunisia wanted friendship with France - "the time for intimidation is past." But it must be friendship with dignity.

    Tunisia still hoped that its required economic aid would come from France, but, the President said, if France failed to supply it, Tunisia would look "elsewhere, notably to the United States, where it will obtain aid through the Eisenhower doctrine."
    At the present time the French are smarting over Bourguiba's refusal to receive two of Premier Felix Gaillard's envoys. The envoys were sent to confer about the killing of 15 French soldiers and the alleged kidnapping of four of them into Tunisia by Algerian rebels operating from Tunisian soil.

    Despite his stand for dignity in his speech, Mr Bourguiba appeared to go out of his way, before a crowded Assembly, including foreign diplomats, to be somewhat conciliatory toward France.

    He said that after France recognized Tunisian independence two years ago, he had become one of France's best friends and would remain so.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEU6UN6MRG5Q7XJ1SZME33D9PK
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU6UN6MRG5Q7XJ1SZME33D9PK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
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    N/A

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