INTRODUCTION: Argentina's decision to release four Frenchmen jailed on charges ranging from subversion to possession of explosives has raised hopes for the return of other French nationals held in Argentinian gaols.
SV INT Released Frenchmen surrounded by newsmen as they enter airport lounge at Orly.
SV Frenchmen being escorted through press and being embraced by relatives and friends. (2 shots.)
SV Jacque Miquel lawyer of Association representing French Citizens gaoled or missing in Argentina escorting ex prisoners into room for press conference where they take seats. (3 shots)
SC/U Gerald Guillemot (on left) and Robert Sanchez (on right).
SV Miquel speaking in French at conference with released Frenchmen on either side.
TRANSCRIPT: MIQUEL (SEQ. 5): "The promises, the assurances given at that time were kept. I will say that there was even an additional gesture of the Argentinian authorities since to the three (persons) whose liberation I announced one month ago, we have today the liberation of Sanchez, who is by me now. I will say also that I am very happy of course of these liberations. They are being welcomed by their relatives, by yourselves, as well as by representatives of the Foreign Ministry. I would also like to stress that this is of course a political gesture towards France, the French people, and the French Government."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Argentina's decision to release four Frenchmen jailed on charges ranging from subversion to possession of explosives has raised hopes for the return of other French nationals held in Argentinian gaols. The four men were released on Sunday (September 3) following personal representations to Argentinian President General Jorge Videla, by President Giscard D'Estaing. The French President made his approach early last week on behalf of some 22 French citizens believed detained or missing in the Latin American country.
SYNOPSIS: The four released prisoners received a noisy welcome when they arrived at Paris' Orly Airport on Monday (September 4). Messieurs Gerard Guillemot, Robert Sanchez, Michel Benasayag, and Hector Abrile, were facing prison terms of up to four years when they were freed.
After a re-union with families and friends they were escorted to a press conference by Monsieur Jacques Miquel, the lawyer representing the Association of Families and Friends of French Citizens Missing in Argentina. Monsieur Miquel told newsmen negotiations were continuing to gain the release of four other French prisoners and said inquiries were being made after 10 citizens reported missing.