President Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic has given away two long-lost Vietnamese-born daughters, in marriage.
LV Maids of honour in procession
CU President Bongo arrives (2 shots)
SV President Bokassa (wearing top hat) arrives with family and the two bridges (2 shots)
SV & TGV Bokassa, brides and family enter building for ceremony (2 shots)
LV INTERIOR.. Bokassa enters with bridge on each arm
SCU Two brides seated
SV Pres. Bokassa and wife with President Bongo
SCU Brides seated with their grooms
SCU Brides and grooms facing Minister, surrounded by newsmen (2 shots)
TGV Brides and grooms leaving through large congregation after ceremony
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Background: President Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic has given away two long-lost Vietnamese-born daughters, in marriage. One of them was his real daughter, and the other was not.
In 1970 Miss Nguyen Thi Baxi was accepted as the long-lost daughter of President Bokassa, left behind in Indochina when the President was a sergeant in the French forces in the early 1950's.
But two months later another Vietnamese girl arrived in Bangui and the President decided she was his daughter Martine. Miss Nguyen was at first arrested, but was later adopted by the President. And when the girls were married he gave both Martines away.
SYNOPSIS: There were national celebrations in the Central African Republic for the wedding of two long-lost daughters of President Bokassa at Bangui City Hall. Among the guests was President Bongo of Gabon.
For President Bokassa, arriving wearing a top hat, it was a happy ending to a story which began many years ago. When he was a sergeant in the French forces in the 1950's he left behind a child. In November 1970, Miss Nguyen Thi Baxi was discovered by French and South Vietnamese officials. She came to Bangui and was accepted as the President's daughter. But, two months later, another Vietnamese girl came forward and the President declared she was the real Martins. Miss Nguyen was arrested, but later adopted by the President. So when the two girls married the President gave the two Martines away.
President Bokassa's real daughter, who is 21, married a Central African doctor. Miss Nguyen, who was adopted to celebrate the President's 50th birthday, married a captain in the army.
Crowds exploded with joy as the two Martines left for a reception at the Presidential Palace.