Thirteen years after the Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) became independent, the French troops who have been stationed there since the island was a colony are about to move out.
SV wife through market.
SV French soldiers in cities through market
SV pan from gifts to wives (2 shots)
SV wife at stall (2 shots)
SV pan from hats to soldiers with wives.
CU "car for sale sign" pull back to whole car
SV zoom off flags to sign over camp entrance 'aviation militaire'
SV interior 'for sale' signs on notice board
SV French troops at guard house
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Background: Thirteen years after the Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) became independent, the French troops who have been stationed there since the island was a colony are about to move out.
Apart from training staff at the naval base of Diego Suarez, all French military personnel will have left the island by September 1 this year. Their withdrawal was written into a series of eight new cooperation agreements signed in Paris earlier this year. French naval staff will stay on at the Diego Suarez base for a further two years to train their Malagasy replacement.
In the Zoma market of Tananarive, French military personnel are busy buying souvenirs, while at the same time trying to find buyers for their cars and furniture.
SYNOPSIS: In the Island Republic of Malagasy, French troops and their families are getting ready to leave by 1 September this year. Here in the Zoma Market of Tananarive, this means a search for souvenirs.
French troops have been stationed on the Island since it was a French colony, then called Madagascar. They are withdrawing under a new agreement signed this year. For the wives, locally-made jewellery is particularly tempting, as are woodcarvings.
But it's far from being a one-way trade between the stallholders and the departing French. They have to find buyers for their cars and furniture.
After thirteen years of independence, the Malagasy flag alone will fly over the airbase here at Ivato - but French planes will continue to land here.
Base notice boards advertise bargains. Soon only a few French will be hers training their Malagasy replacements at the Diego Suarez naval base.