• Short Summary

    SINCE IT GAINED INDEPENDENCE BACK IN 1960, THE CONGO REPUBLIC, FORMER FRENCH COLONY, HAS ENJOYED POLITICAL CALM AND STABILITY -- UNLIKE ITS NEIGHBOUR AND NAMESAKE, THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC, ONCE RULED BY BELGIUM.

  • Description

    SINCE IT GAINED INDEPENDENCE BACK IN 1960, THE CONGO REPUBLIC, FORMER FRENCH COLONY, HAS ENJOYED POLITICAL CALM AND STABILITY -- UNLIKE ITS NEIGHBOUR AND NAMESAKE, THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC, ONCE RULED BY BELGIUM. BOTH TERRITORIES, DIVIDED BY THE MIGHTY CONGO RIVER, BECAME INDEPENDENT WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF ONE ANOTHER. BUT WHEREAS THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC WAS RENT BY MONTHS OF BITTER FIGHTING FOLLOWING INDEPENDENCE, THE OTHER CONGO HAS BEEN FREE OF SUCH TURBULENCE UNDER ITS RULER, ABBE FULBERT YOULOU, 45, WHO HOLDS THE TWIN OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER.

    THE CONGO REPUBLIC AND ITS FORMER PARTNERS IN FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA -- CHAD, GABON AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC -- JOINED THE FRENCH AFRICAN COMMUNITY SOON AFTER INDEPENDENCE AND HAVE SINCE APPLIED FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET.

    BRAZZAVILLE, CAPITAL OF THE CONGO REPUBLIC, IS A BUSTLING CITY OF ABOUT 100,000 POPULATION. THE CITY BECAME FAMOUS IN WORLD WAR II WHEN GENERAL DE GAULLE MADE IT THE BASE FOR THE FREE FRENCH MOVEMENT. IT HAS A MODERN CITY HALL AND SHOPPING CENTRE, FLANKED BY TALL BLOCKS OF OFFICES AND APARTMENTS.

    ON THE CITY OUTSKIRTS IS BRAZZAVILLE AIRPORT, CAPABLE OF HANDLING BIG INTERNATIONAL JETLINERS. THE REPUBLIC IS KEEPING UP TO DATE IN COMMUNICATIONS, TOO. THIS MONTH RADIODIFFUSION TELEVISION CONGOLAISE BEGAN TRIAL TRANSMISSIONS FROM NEW STATION PREMISES IN BRAZZAVILLE. ITS ADMINISTRATORS IS M.MALONGA, DIRECTOR OF RADIO AND TV IN BRAZZAVILLE.

    JUST ACROSS CONGO RIVER FROM BRAZZAVILLE LIES LEOPOLDVILLE, CAPITAL OF THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC. RIVER FERRIES SHUTTLE PASSENGERS REGULARLY BETWEEN THE TWO CAPITALS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAWO8NZ59LHM769B0LC8S3ROQY
    Media URN:
    VLVAWO8NZ59LHM769B0LC8S3ROQY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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