NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 31, 1969
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(Studio) 5 unarmed French gunboats sail into Haifa, Israel with no flags. Crowds cheer. Israel says they're for oil prospecting in Mediterranean. France asks for recall of Israeli diplomats who vouched for Norwegian contract under which boats left. 2 French Gens. suspended for allowing embargo to be broken.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Paris, France) President Georges Pompidou extending French influence in Mediterranean with weapons. Mirage jets, tanks, copters, missiles, and small arms cited. Buyers include Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia. French weapons good. Sales also made to Portugal, South Africa, Nigeria, and Biafra. Last yr. France exported $800 million weapons.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley