A French regiment accompany the Assistant Prefect back into the village of M'Chouneiche, liberating it from the "Fellaghas", and nominating a new chief.
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A line of stationery civilian and military vehicles on a desert road. Various shots of French armoured vehicles and troops of the First Siphis regiment moving ahead and surrounding the small mountain village of M'Chouneiche accompanied by Mr Delplanque, Assistant Prefect of the Batna area and Mr Hirtz, Civilian Administrator of Biskra.
Various shots as some people are rounded up, whilst other Arab men and women stream back into the village and assemble in the square, where a minute's silence is held in honour of Chief Caid Saddek (recently killed by "Fellaghas" guerillas in the "Algerian Revolution" along with the teacher Mr Monnerot in an attack on a local bus). The military battalion sounds "To the dead", then Mr Delplanque hands the red "Burnous" coat to the new village leader, Caid Maaoui, who has the confidence of the French Algerian Administration. Moslem veterans from the two World Wars are in the crowds at the ceremony, as are the new European teachers Mr and Mrs Lhote and the desert troops (Goumiers) bearing arms. CU Chief Caid Maaoui. MS Delplanque shaking hands with French teachers and Arab veterans.
Note: These pictures were shot on 08/11/1954