INTRODUCTION: The Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Van Dong arrived in Paris on Monday (25 April) to begin the first visit by a senior Hanoi leader to the West since the end of the Vietnam war.
GV Pham Van Dong with French Prime Minister Raymond Barre walk up to band for national anthem with cutaway of flags (3 shots)
GV Dong, Barre walk past cheering crowd waving Vietnamese and French flags
GV Barre and Dong walk into airport terminal
CU Dong meeting French and Vietnamese officials
SV Barre, following Dong, meets officials
SCU Dong and Barre pose for cameras and walk away (2 shots)
GV Anti-Vietnam demonstrators carrying banners (3 shots)
SV Police looking on
GV Demonstrators singing
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Van Dong arrived in Paris on Monday (25 April) to begin the first visit by a senior Hanoi leader to the West since the end of the Vietnam war.
SYNOPSIS: French and Vietnamese flags flew as the 71-year-old Vietnamese Prime Minister arrived at Orly Airport. He was accorded an elaborate welcome, normally reserved for visiting heads of state. French Prime Minister Raymond Barre was there to greet him. The four-day official visit is interpreted as Vietnam's launching drive to open relations with the West. The visit comes 10 days before Vietnamese and United States negotiators meet in Paris to normalise relations between their countries after a decade of war which ended two years ago.
Mr Dong and Mr Barre immediately began talks after the ceremony was over. Economic and political cooperation between Vietnam and the West was expected to dominate Mr Dong's visit. He will also meet President Valery Giscard D'Estaing. The French government expects to launch a political offensive to win back friendly relations with Laos and Cambodia as well and to extend its influence to South-East Asia. France also wants to clinch major industrial deals with Vietnam including joint ventures to exploit oil resources off the Vietnamese coast.
Several hundred demonstrators staged a protest in another part of Paris against the Hanoi government. The French authorities imposed strict security since Vietnamese refugees were known to be planning the demonstrations. Paris has much significance for the Vietnamese. It is here that the United States held protracted peace talks with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. France has already given Vietnam grants and loans totalling 1,500 million francs (300 million dollars) over the past three years and the government has signed a 650 million franc (130 million dollars) aid agreement for this year. The demonstration was a peaceful one. This was in spite of threats by anti-Communist members of France's 50,000-strong Vietnamese community that there would be big protests.