Hungary's Communist Party Chief Janos Kadar began an official visit to France on Wednesday (15 November).
SV PAN President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France walking with First Secretary of the Socialist Party of Hungary, Janos Kadar, to meet officials in the pavilion of honour at Orly airport, and walking down the line shaking hands
SV People looking on
SV President Giscard d'Estaining making welcoming comments
SV PAN Janos Kadar and Giscard d'Estaing shake hands and walk from room
France's increasingly active presence in Eastern Europe began in 1967 when the late President Charles di Gaulle visited Poland and Rumania. Since then France has continued to try and build economic and political relationship with Eastern Europe.
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Background: Hungary's Communist Party Chief Janos Kadar began an official visit to France on Wednesday (15 November). The summit talks are the first between the two countries aimed at forging closer political and trade links. French officials said the visit reflected tangible progress in European detente.
SYNOPSIS: The Hungarian Communist Party Chief, Janos Kadar was greeted at Orly Airport by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Reuters News Agency reports say France is concerned at lagging behind its West German and Italian Common Market partners in trade with Hungary. Mr. Kadar, who has been Communist Party leader since the 1956 Hungarian uprising, is believed eager to demonstrate that ideological differences and military alliances should not stand in the way of trade and peaceful co-existence.
During a visit to Budapest last October French Prime Minister Raymond Barre agreed with Hungarian leaders to move towards doubling commercial exchanges between the two countries. Mr. Kadar will meet Monsieur Giscard d'Estaing three times during his stay in France.
In his welcoming remarks at the airport, the French President said Mr. Kadar's visit would bring a new dimension to Franco-Hungarian relations. He said, by working together they would be serving the cause of detente and peace in Europe.
The two leaders held their first round of talks on the subjects of detente, disarmament and international relations. Monsieur Giscard d'Estaing is expected to outline suggestions for a European disarmament conference aimed at reducing conventional arms on the continent.