• Short Summary

    IN A CEREMONY AT BIZERTE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) TUNISIANS HONOURED THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE FIGHTING THAT OCCURRED BEFORE THEY WERE GRANTED INDEPENDENCE BY FRANCE IN 1956.

  • Description

    IN A CEREMONY AT BIZERTE YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) TUNISIANS HONOURED THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE FIGHTING THAT OCCURRED BEFORE THEY WERE GRANTED INDEPENDENCE BY FRANCE IN 1956.

    BIZERTE, A FRENCH NAVAL BASE, WAS THE SCENE OF BITTER FIGHTING BETWEEN THE FRENCH AND TUNISIANS IN 1961 WHEN PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA RENEWED HIS DEMANDS THAT THE FRENCH SHOULD EVACUATE THE BASE.

    TUNISIAN CASUALTIES WERE OFFICIALLY GIVEN AS OVER EIGHT HUNDRED DEAD AND AT THE END OF THE TWO-DAY BATTLE BUT LATER A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT PUT THE FIGURE AT MORE LIKE 1,300, INCLUDING MANY CIVILIANS.

    NEGOTIATIONS OVER THE BASE CONTINUED FOR MANY MONTHS AND IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1965 THAT THE LAST FRENCH TROOPS WERE WITHDRAWN.

    BIZERTE HAS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANCE FOR TUNISIANS--IT WAS THERE THE FIRST FOREIGN TROOPS LANDED.

    PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA ATTENDED YESTERDAY'S CEREMONY WHICH SERVED NOT ONLY TO RECALL THE PAST BUT ALSO TO DISPLAY THE PRESENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVARA4005YQSEXSOBKEONACP1F2
    Media URN:
    VLVARA4005YQSEXSOBKEONACP1F2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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