In Chad, fighting is continuing between the Libyan-backed guerrilla forces of the National Liberation Front, FROLINAT, and Chad government troops, whose forces have recently been strengthened by the arrival of 1,700 French military personnel, including about 600 Foreign Legionnaires and 10 supersonic warplanes.
GV PAN: capital city N'Djamena
GV: troop carrying vehicles with soldiers moving through town. (3 shots)
GV: troop carrying helicopter landing at airport. (2 shots)
SV: troops at airport. (2 shots)
SV: troops inspecting damage military vehicles. (2 shots)
LV AND SV: French troops with armoured trucks (3 shots)
LV: French troops having meal.
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Background: In Chad, fighting is continuing between the Libyan-backed guerrilla forces of the National Liberation Front, FROLINAT, and Chad government troops, whose forces have recently been strengthened by the arrival of 1,700 French military personnel, including about 600 Foreign Legionnaires and 10 supersonic warplanes. French intervention has come at the request of the Chad government, independent since 1960, and is seen as part of France's policy of aiding former colonies with which it maintains ties. It is the second time France has given military aid to Chad in the fight against FROLINAT. In the last campaign, between 1969 and 1972, 35 French troops were killed.
SYNOPSIS: The Chad capital of N'Djamena. The government here last month closed schools and universities, after the FROLINAT forces were said to have broken a ceasefire agreement. They have been conducting a guerrilla campaign in the mainly Moslem north of the country for 12 years, and claim to control half of the country. In N'Djamena there are signs of government military activity, with armed soldiers moving around the city, and arriving from other parts of the country. Two weeks ago French high flying reconnaissance aircraft were reported to have spotted columns of Libyan military vehicles heading southwards, towards the capital -- though it is not known whether the columns consisted of combat vehicles consisted of combat vehicle or were carrying supplies.
These captured, and damaged, military vehicles, said to belong to FROLINAT, lie abandoned in the town of Ati. They are a sign of fighting that took place here, 260 miles (420 kilometres) north east of the capital, just over two weeks ago. During these clashes one French soldier was reported killed and two others seriously wounded.