To protect Algerian farmers, at present gathering in the harvest, units of the French army are on duty in the fields, near Orleansville, in the event of violence due to recent developments in the Algerian political situation.
CU. Sign "Orleansville".
GV. Combined harvester in field.
LV. Ditto with armed guards patrolling alongside.
CU. Armed guards passing camera.
CU.PAN. From revolving blades on combined harvester to farmers.
SV.PAN. Combine working.
GV.PAN. In another filed farmers harvesting.
GV. Troops arrive in jeep.
SV. Troops with their arms out of jeep and shake hands with farmers.
SV. Farmers on stacking machine wave to troops.
SV.PAN. Along stacking machine.
GV.PAN. Farmers harvesting.
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Background: To protect Algerian farmers, at present gathering in the harvest, units of the French army are on duty in the fields, near Orleansville, in the event of violence due to recent developments in the Algerian political situation.
While working on their harvesting and stacking machines, they are under the eyes of the soldiers who carry their guns at the ready. Troops were moves to areas outside Algerian cities after the June 20 announcement by the rebel Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) that they would send a delegation to Paris for cease-fire talks with the French Government.
So far all is quiet, but security forces are taking chances after seeing the effect of the European Settlers "Algiers is French" demonstrations staged in Algiers in January.
Throughout the country everyone is waiting for news of the Paris talks, expected to begin in the next few days. It is thought that the FLN delegate or delegates are already on their way to Paris, having arranged the trip themselves after rejecting the offer of a flight to Paris in a French military aircraft.