CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) French troops reported freeing hostages during assault on rebels in Pacific territory of New Caledonia. Prime Min. Jacques Chirac quoted. Chirac's upcoming election against President Francois Mitterrand mentioned. Report introduced.
(Paris, France: Doug Tunnell) Frenchmen Marcel Carton, Marcel Fontaine and Jean-Paul Kauffmann shown arriving in France after release from Beirut, Lebanon, captivity. Deal with Iran to free hostages reported involving French secret agent Jean-Charles Marchiani, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North of France. Chirac noted denying ransom was paid for hostages. [Iranian analyst Amir TAHERI - says ransom was paid.] French hostages noted asserting spent time with hostages Terry Anderson, Thomas Sutherland and Frank Reed. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on concessions to terrorists.] [Hostage's sister Peggy SAY - describes situation.] Analysts quoted with regard to timing of negotiations. [TAHERI - comments on mood in Iran.] US officials reported asserting government never pays ransom.
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