France expelled 47 Soviet diplomats and other officials on April 5 accusing them of systematic spying involving French military, scientific and industrial secrets.
1. GV Soviet embassy in Paris (2 shots) 0.10
2. GV Police on guard 0.13
3. GV PAN Embassy car pulling away from entrance 0.17
4. CU Embassy plaque. Journalists asking permission to enter 0.31
5. GV Staff entering embassy 0.38
6. SCU Soviet spokesman Alexander Avdeyev protesting at decision 1.21
7. GV PAN Man taking flowers into embassy 1.36
8. GV Diplomats leaving on bus 1.54
9. GV INTERIOR Diplomats passing through airport terminal (3 shots) 2.17
10. GV PAN EXTERIOR Aeroflot plane takes off (2 shots) 2.37
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
France expelled 47 Soviet diplomats and other officials on April 5 accusing them of systematic spying involving French military, scientific and industrial secrets. The Soviet embassy in Paris confirmed that the personnel had been ordered to leave France, and spokesman Alexander Avdeyev described the action as arbitrary and unfounded. He said the move appeared to be political, and that the French authorities had given no explanations. The 47 were flown out of Charles de Gaulle airport back to Moscow aboard a special Ilyushin-86 airliner. The action, comparable only to the expulsion of 105 Soviet officials by Britain in 1971, plunged relations between Paris and Moscow to their lowest level since the 1950's. The French move, which cut embassy staff by almost one-fifth, followed the defection to Britain of an agent of the Soviet KGB Security Police. The Kremlin normally retaliates against such actions with corresponding expulsions from Moscow, but according to diplomats the scale of the French expulsion makes such a move unlikely.
Source: TELEDIFFUSION DE FRANCE