President Auriol and King of Laos sign pact giving Laos independence.
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Franco Laotian Pact Signed in Paris, France. Sound starts at 01:28:05.
LS Elysee Palace, trees in foreground. MS & CU President Vincent Auriol signing (interior). MS & CU interior, the King Sisavang Vong of Laos signing treaty . CU Auriol signing, pan to King. MS Auriol speaking. MS the two shaking hands. MS King signing. CU Auriol signing. CU Auriol speaking in French (natural sound), he says that France accepts that Laos is now fully independent and sovereign but that Laos will stay in French Union, under Presidency of the Republic. CU King speaking in his mother tongue, he says his country will continue to contribute to the defence of the French Union. MS the two shake hands.
Date on dope sheet is 23/10/1953.