President Jean Bedel Bokassa, who is making an official visit to the Ivory Coast, was made an honorary citizen of Abidjan on Sunday (28 February).
LV L'hotel de ville
MV Bokassa arriving outside hotel
LV Flags of various nations
MCV Bokassa shaking hands with local dignitaries
MV President & Mayor enter hall
MCV Bokassa speaking
MV Audience applauding
MV Mayor congratulates Bokassa on speech
MV Audience applaud
CV Bokassa signs Book of Gold (3 shots)
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Background: President Jean Bedel Bokassa, who is making an official visit to the Ivory Coast, was made an honorary citizen of Abidjan on Sunday (28 February). President Bokassa thanked the Abidjanese for their hearty welcome before signing the city's Golden Book. The success of President Bokassa's visit has led to its being extended from six to eight days.
SYNOPSIS: The Town Hall in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, where President Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic was made an honorary citizen on Sunday. The President is making an eight day visit to the Ivory Coast.
As he arrived at the Town Hall the flags of the host country and the Central African Republic were much in evidence.
President Bokassa was introduced to civic dignitaries before entering the building with Abidjan's Mayor, M. Antoine Konan Kanga. The President has received an enthusiastic welcome from Ivorians and he expressed his appreciation after receiving the keys of the city. He paid tribute to the Ivory Coast's President Houphouet-Boigny, saying he regards him as his adopted father.
The Mayor described President Bokassa as a courageous soldier who served Africa when he fought with the Free French forces during the war.
The President then signed the city's Book of Gold. Later he attended a reception given by the President of the National Assembly and then toured agricultural projects up-country.