French President Georges Pompidou and his wife received an enthusiastic welcome when they arrived in Senegal on Friday (5 February 1971) on the second leg of their five-nation African tour.
French President Georges Pompidou and his wife received an enthusiastic welcome when they arrived in Senegal on Friday (5 February 1971) on the second leg of their five-nation African tour. President Senghor and his wife were at Dakar airport to meet them. Their welcome was filmed by a Visnews crew from Paris who are covering the whole of the African tour.
SYNOPSIS: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal and his wife were at Dakar airport on Friday to welcome President Pompidou. The French President and his wife arrived from Mauritania on the second leg of their five-nation tour of Africa.
The French and Senegalese Presidents are old friends. More than 40 years ago they attended the Lycee Louis-le-Grand together in Paris. Later Senghor became a Deputy in the French National Assembly and gained an international reputation as a poet.
The two Presidents drove through the streets of Dakar and were greeted by traditional dancers. There had been some protests before the visit but there was no mistaking the warmth of the welcome from the ordinary Senegalese.
The motorcade ended at the Town Hall where the French President described Dakar as a meeting point where the routes between Europe, America and Africa converged. Later he laid a wreath in memory of French and Senegalese soldiers who fought and died together in the two world wars. At a State luncheon President Pompidou told the Senegalese they could be proud of their country's achievements in its first decade of independence. France would give all possible help to it on its road to industrialisation in the next ten years.
President Pompidou was clearly delighted by the warmth of his welcome. He responded with a speech in which he promised to increase France's aid to developing countries, particularly those of Africa.
President Pompidou returned the crowd's greeting. He will continue his tour with visits to the Ivory Coast, Cameroun and Gabon.