• Short Summary

    During a visit to the Salon de l'Agriculture (Agricultural Exhibition), President Pompidou of France today (Thursday) spoke out against an "unspeakable act worthy of a country of savages"--he was referring to the kidnapping yesterday of Renault car company official Robert Negrette by a Maoist group.

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    During a visit to the Salon de l'Agriculture (Agricultural Exhibition), President Pompidou of France today (Thursday) spoke out against an "unspeakable act worthy of a country of savages"--he was referring to the kidnapping yesterday of Renault car company official Robert Negrette by a Maoist group.

    The statement came as the president chatted with reporters during his tour of the various agricultural stands--and it was this surprise departure from the immediate subject that prevented our cameraman from actually filming the President as her referred to the controversial situation.

    M. Negrette was kidnapped as a protest against the shooting last week o a young Maoist demonstrator by a Renault factory guard. Leaders of the three main Trades Unions met at the Renault factory this afternoon and condemned "the act of violence constituted by the kidnapping."
    SYNOPSIS: The International Agricultural Exhibition was visited by president pompidou in Paris on Thursday. As the French Head of State toured the exhibition with other European officials, he surprised reporters by departing from the subject at hand and referring to the kidnapping the previous day of Renault company official Robert Nogrette as "an unspeakable act worthy of a country of savages", adding that his Government would do what was necessary to punish the kidnappers.

    The tense political situation did not detract from the exhibition--at which Euroe's best farm animals were on show.

    In the first three days of the exhibition all attendance records were broken--with 230,000 visitors topping last year's figures for the same period by 80,000. Exhibition source report that 15 per cent of the visitors were foreigners--half of them British. France reports say this is a promising reaction to Britain's impending entry into the Common Market.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2A56EBPZWFI50B7SPQ600NXD8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2A56EBPZWFI50B7SPQ600NXD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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