President Albert Bernard Bongo of the Gabonese Republic took time out from his official duties on Monday (11 February) to take his family skiing in France.
President Albert Bernard Bongo of the Gabonese Republic took time out from his official duties on Monday (11 February) to take his family skiing in France. But even the gentle slopes at Auron, a picturesque ski resort, proved quite a challenge for the President and the other engineers in his party.
On Thursday (7 February), the second day of his stay in France, President Bongo met in Paris with the French Finance Minister, Valery Giscard d'Estaing .Economic and monetary relations between the two countries were a major subject and afterwards, Mr. d'Estaing said decisions had been taken together which maintained the solidarity between France and the Gabonese Republic. There was also agreement, he said, on the French decision to float the Franc.
New co-operation accords are to be signed by France and the Gabonese Republic this week, at which the Republic is expected to be represented by the Foreign Minister, M. George Rawiri. President Bongo told journalists is Paris that uranium and manganese will no longer be strategic materials within the new accords. he said they would be considered in the same way as other commercial products.
SYNOPSIS: The picturesque French ski resort of Auron in the Alps, was where President Bongo of the Gabonese Republic chose to take his family for some skiing on Monday. The President had never skied before.
Madame Bongo, like her husband, is a novice on the slopes. She is accompany the President on a ten-day visit to France during which new accords will be signed between the two countries. The President's daughter, Adeline obviously enjoyed the snow.
President Bongo, who arrived in France last Thursday, met with the French Finance Minister, Mr. d'Estaing -- the same day.
The fall of the Franc, unlike Madame Bongo's temporary misfortune, has brought worries to countries like the Gabonese Republic where the official currency, Central African France, are aligned to the value of the French currency.
The finance talks between President Bongo and M. d'Estaing apparently wan smoothly, but the President later him that under the new accords France may no longer be considered as a privilege customer for his country's uranium.