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Monday, July 20, 1998 Published at 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK


Diana actuality

Jospin pays tribute to Diana TAC 9735805 Sound quality: good Cue: French Prime Minister Lionel JOSPIN paid tribute to the Princess of Wales on Sunday after visiting the hospital in Paris where she died.

Jospin was speaking on his return to the resort of La Rochelle, where the Socialist Party is holding its summer conference.

Lionel Jospin in French What I felt on learning of the death of Lady Diana was that it was extremely sad that this beautiful young woman, whom people love, but whose every action, whose every move and every gesture was closely watched, has ended her life tragically in France, in Paris, and as I know that the French people have always been attracted by her charm, by her naturalness, by her humanity, I wanted to make a gesture towards our friends in Great Britain also.

Naturally, on behalf of the government, I send my condolences to the Royal family, to the British authorities and above all to the children of and those close to Lady Diana.

Dur: 00'53" Source: French La Chaine Info TV, 0940 gmt, 31 August 97 French interior minister Jean Pierre Chevenement TAC 9735803 CUE: French Interior Minister Jean Pierre Chevenement, speaking at a news conference on Sunday morning at the Paris hospital where Princess Diana died at 4 o'clock local time, sent his condolences to her family and to the victims, saying the French people had loved her very much.

Interior Minister Chevenement, in French In the name of the French government, I express great pain and real emotion which is felt, I am sure, by the entire French population faced with this tragic accident, which has just taken the life of the Princess of Wales, Lady Diana, Monsieur al-Fayed and the chauffeur who was driving the car in which they crashed.

I sent the condolences of France to the Royal Family, to the family of the victims and to the entire people of Britain.

Lady Diana was a person very much loved in France, a modern woman, courageous, sensitive to humanitarian issues.

Her passing away will be received sadly in our country.

The facts are - it's difficult to say the following things: it seems that the Princess of Wales and Monsieur al-Fayed had arrived on Saturday afternoon in Paris for a private visit.

This Sunday, 31st August, a little after one in the morning in the tunnel of the Pont Alma bridge, the car carrying four people, including the Princess of Wales and Monsieur al-Fayed, was involved in a serious accident.

Monsieur al-Fayed and the chauffeur were killed on the spot despite aid that was provided to them.

According to initial reports that we have had, the car carrying the princess was being followed by journalists who were trying to take photographs.

It seems that the chauffeur lost control of his vehicle which was travelling very fast.

The criminal department of the police has been put in charge of investigations.

Several witnesses are currently being heard.

Dur: 2'39" Sound quality: Very good Source: France Info radio 0425 gmt, 21 Aug 1997 Doctor describes efforts to save Diana TAC 9735804 Sound quality: good Bruno RIOUX in French The Princess of Wales was the victim of a high speed traffic accident in Paris tonight.

She was immediately treated by the Paris SAMU who carried out the initial resuscitation.

On her arrival at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, she had severe haemorrhaging as a result of chest injuries, followed rapidly by cardiac arrest.

An emergency thoracotomy revealed a serious wound to the left pulmonary vein.

Despite closing this wound and external and internal cardiac massage lasting two hours, circulation could not be reestablished and death occurred at 0400.

Dur: 00'43" Source: French La Chaine Info TV, 0945gmt, 31 August 97 Diana - French doctor's eyewitness account TAC 9735812 Sound quality: poor/fair Cue: The first doctor to reach the scene of the car crash which killed Diana Princess of Wales described events to French TV: Dr Frederic Mailliez, with reporter's questions, in French: I saw that an accident had just occurred.

The horn was sounding .

There was smoke - it was probably coming from the airbags.

I stopped and went to see what was happening.

There were a lot of people around, people were panicking a lot at the scene of the accident.

I went to have a look.

I saw that there were two dead and two seriously injured people.

I returned to my car to call the emergency services, give them a first medical report, and pick up some equipment.

Then I returned to give help.

A volunteer rescue worker was already helping the front passenger sitting next to the driver, who turned out to be the bodyguard.

I helped the young woman who was at the back, and who turned out to be Lady Di.

I did not recognize her at first.

What did you do to help her? I helped her - what is called freeing the upper respiratory tract.

She was like that and unconscious.

She was moaning, she was gesticulating a lot.

In such a posture, when one is unconscious, one cannot breathe.

I tilted her head upwards, and I helped her breathe with an oxygen mask.

You say there were a lot of people around the car.

Were there many photographers? There were many photographers.

There were between 10 and 15 photographers who were snapping away non stop at me and at the car, that's right.

Duration: 1'19" Source: France 2 TV, 1100 gmt, 1 Sep 97 Photographer Romuald Rat explains actions at crash scene TAC 9735818 Sound quality: fair/good Cue: Romuald Rat, one of the photographers facing charges over the crash in which Princess Diana was killed, told France-2 television on Wednesday (3rd September) night how he found Diana at the crash scene.

Part of television interview with Romuald Rat, in French (Photographer Romuald Rat) I didn't see the accident at all.

When I arrived, there was the sound of a siren several yards in front of us.

As it turned out, it was the car horn.

I didn't hear the crash at all.

I ran up to the car and as I did so, I noticed from the boot of the car that it was a Mercedes.

I said to myself: that could be ... . A few moments later I pulled myself together.

I tried to help them, simply to see if they were alive.

I myself didn't call for help because I heard someone - I don't know who it was - say: "I've called" or "I'm going to call the emergency services", so I didn't do that.

I opened one of the car doors.

I saw Princess Diana sitting on the floor in front of me.

I told her in English to remain calm, that I was there, and that the emergency services were on their way, and that's it. (TV interviewer) Did you take any pictures at that moment? (Rat) No, certainly not, certainly not.

It really wasn't the right time to be taking pictures. (TV interviewer) Were there other people around you taking pictures? (Rat) I don't know. (TV reporter) At that moment, the photographer went on to say, he left things to a doctor who had arrived. (Rat) I was wandering around and it was at that point that I got on with my job as a journalist, and I took some very general pictures of the car.

I have nothing to be sorry about, and it is in that frame of mind that I went off to the police station. (TV interviewer) So do you understand what's happening to you now? (Rat) Not very well.

Total duration: 2'28" Source: France-2 TV, 1800 gmt, 3rd September 97 Russian President Boris Yeltsin TAC: 9735808 Sound quality: poor Boris Yeltsin in Russian I express feelings of the deepest condolences to the whole British people, who have declared this a day of mourning.

She was loved, you understand.

Russians love her.

Others love her, and, of course, the British love her.

What a sea of flowers there is at the embassy here, in our country! She really was a most interesting woman.

I cannot, of course, find the words to express my great, great sympathy in connection with that tragedy.

Source: Broadcast on Moscow NTV 0600 gmt 1 Sep 1997 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu TAC: 9735811 Sound quality: good Binyamin Netanyahu in Hebrew A young woman has died.

A woman who radiated grace and warmth on her surroundings.

She gave of herself to whomever she could, to all those who were needy, weak, and in pain.

I think that she touched the hearts of dozens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people around the world.

This is an extremely rare phenomenon, and she undoubtedly also touched the hearts of millions of Israelis.

Dur: 23" Source: Broadcast on Israel Radio, 0405 gmt, 1 Sep 97 Iranian TV reports death of "element of moral disgrace" TAC 9735809 Quality: good Iranian TV announcer in Persian One of the elements of moral disgrace in the British court has been killed in a car accident in France.

Diana and her former husband, the heir to the British royal throne, who were both accused of moral corruption, raised questions about the future of the monarchy in that country.

Diana and Prince Charles separated from each other some time ago following a sensational saga of corruption and moral disgrace.

Dur: 0'31" Source: Iranian television, 1430 gmt, 31 Aug 1997 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi TAC 9735814 Sound quality: fair Band one: Muammar Gaddafi in Arabic Britain does not have a constitution at all, and yet it is given as an example of a civilized country.

In my opinion, it is of course a colonialist state and the most despicable state in the world.

The crime committed yesterday is but an example.

It was one of the most repulsive racist acts; an anti-Islamic and anti-Arab act; an act against Islam, in other words an act of religious racism and racial racism which violates laws, civilization and human rights.

Dur 0'37" Band two: Muammar Gaddafi, in Arabic The state which claims to have abolished the death penalty yesterday executed an Egyptian national and a British national because they were annoyed that an Arab man might marry a British princess.

So the British and the French secret services arranged an accident and perpetrated a repugnant crime in front of the world.

Dur 0'24" Band three: Muammar Gaddafi, in Arabic If Libya or any other state had done that, they might have dropped a nuclear bomb on it and they might have expelled it from the UN.

Why does the world not boycott these two states ? The world has to be really naive to believe that the crash which happened two days ago was accidental.

It was an arranged crash and we would be naive to believe what they are saying - in other words that it was pure chance.

It was arranged by these states and these secret services; and they should be ashamed and they should admit that they are some of the most ferocious criminals in those criminal states, and that they are decadent and immoral.

They no longer have any right to talk about terrorism or human rights.

Dur 0'39" Total duration: 1'42" Source: Libyan TV, 1720 gmt, 1st September 97

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