Film Moves Chirac To Help Forgotten Soldiers

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French president JACQUES CHIRAC has restored war pensions to 80,000 African and Arab soldiers who fought for France in World War II, after he was shown a new movie chronicling their suffering. INDIGENES shows how up to 250,000 colonial troops fought on the frontline and suffered a quarter of all French losses between 1939 and 1945. They were then abandoned by the French Government and the surviving soldiers' pensions were frozen in 1959 so they received just a third of the money white ex-servicemen were given. After a succession of governments vowed but failed to make amends, Chirac has agreed to the measure - which will cost more than $188 million (GBP100 million).


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