Following last month's control takeover of French oil interests in Algeria, President Houari Boumedienne gave assurances that oil supplies to France would not be cut off by the Algerian Government.
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Background: Following last month's control takeover of French oil interests in Algeria, President Houari Boumedienne gave assurances that oil supplies to France would not be cut off by the Algerian Government. However, by early Wednesday, March 17, the Trapsa pipeline from D'In Amenas across the Sahara Desert to the Tunisian port of La Skirra was reported to be running dry after being cut off at its source - and French oil sources were said to be expecting further cuts along the Trapes (Ohanet-Hassi-Messaoud) and Sonatrach (Hassi-Messaoud-Arzew) pipelines. On March 18, VISNEWS Cameraman Andre Bessis filmed the petrol port of La Skirra the day after the reported cut-off and, although his film shows almost total inactivity on the pipeline operations, he reports that local sources had been informed that oil was already beginning to flow through the pipelines from Algeria.