As the vessels attending the recent French atomic test ???curned to Papeete harbour in Tahiti?
GV Assault Ship (silent)
GV ZOOM in French destroyers. (silent)
GV Ship into harbour. (silent)
GV Scientists entering Laboratory (Australian on left) (NATSOF starts)
GV Scientist explaining equipment.
GV Australian scientist shown equipment (2 shots)
SV Laboratory Chief Coutrot talking to press:-
REPORTER: "Does anybody here in fact know the results of the current series?"
SCIENTIST COUTROT (through interpreter): "Yes of course, all the results in Paris they know".
REPORTER: "How many explosions will there be in series?"
COUTROT (through interpreter): "No comment".
REPORTER: "How many have there been now?"
INTERPRETER: "I'm sorry, he said no political question".
REPORTER: "This isn't a political question. It's a straight question. How many tests have there been?"
INTERPRETER: "This is not technical. He doesn't perhaps know. He doesn't want to answer".
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Background: As the vessels attending the recent French atomic test ???curned to Papeete harbour in Tahiti last week, French scientists demonstrate methods by which radiation-levels in the testing-areas are monitored.
A Visnews camera crew accompanied Australian radiation expert Rob Rowbottom around the laboratories of the French Atomic radiation Energy Commission in Tahiti. Commission Radiation Engineer M. Andre Gallermin explained how samples of food from the testing-area are taken at weekly intervals and tested for radiation after being reduced to ashes. The ashes are then shipped to Paris for analysis, and the results forwarded to the United Nations.
Australian reporter Ray Sinclair interviewed the chief of the Radiation Protection Interviewed, M. Vincent Coutrot, using an interpreter. When asked abut the recent testing. M. Coutrot declined to answer. When pressed further, M. Coutrot got up from the table saying that the questions were 'political', and pulled out the cameramen's light socket, plunging the room into darkness.
SYNOPSIS: The fleet of French warships attending the recent unclear tests in the Pacific returned this week to their base in Tahiti. Far from the peaceful harbour of Papaete, meanwhile, an international battle of protest notes ad demonstrations has been waged against the French tests.
Perhaps the most outspoken critic of the tests has been Australia, and it was an Australian radiation expert who was shown round the French Atomic Commission Laboratory in Tahiti last week.
The Australian scientist was assured that every a\effort was made to keep a constant check on radiation levels. However, when the Atomic Commission chief was later asked questions by a reporter about the actual tests, he refused t answer.....left the interview.....and extinguished the lights......