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Vietnam / Bombing-French Mission #17898

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 11, 1972
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(Studio) While Henry Kissinger was engaged with his 4th straight day of talks with North Vietnam officials in Paris, United States fighter-bombers accidentally hit French mission in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Head of French delegation to Hanoi seriously injured, 7 North Vietnam staff members killed. Albanian diplomat also injured, roof blown off Algerian embassy nearby. Nixon administration expresses deep concern through Secretary of State William Rogers. Targeted areas said 3 mile away from legation area, but Canadian television reporter Michael Maclear says he saw 3 jets swoop repeatedly over heart of capital, with no possibility of pilot error. French government protests bombing.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Paris, France) French government plays down bombing incident to keep it from harming French-American relations or US-North Vietnam peace talks in Paris. Protest routine, spoken more in sorrow than anger. [French government spokesperson Jean Philippe LECAT - says government shocked by event.]
REPORTER: John Rolfson

(Studio) Pentagon to investigate incident before making any definitive comment.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird says target was railroad yard 3 mile from diplomatic qtrs. Says damage may have been done by antiaircraft missiles falling back on city. [LAIRD - says it could have been am error, United States jets could have bombed French embassy accidentally. Criticizes McGovern for advocating unconditional surrender in Vietnam.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) McGovern says his Vietnam peace plan is not risk free, but neither is it tantamount to surrender.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry;
Rolfson, John

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