American President Jimmy Carter flew into France on Wednesday (4 January) near the end of his brief six-nation world tour.
American President Jimmy Carter flew into France on Wednesday (4 January) near the end of his brief six-nation world tour. He arrived in Paris after spending less than an hour discussing the Middle East situation in Egypt with President Anwar Sadat.
SYNOPSIS: President Valery Giscard d'Estaing accompanied the U.S. head of state to a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe during which Mr. Carter laid a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Even here he was no more than a few steps from the hotline to Washington. American officials said the President's direct telephone link to the White House was installed inside a pillar of the Arc de Triomphe.
Earlier the two leaders spent half an hour talking privately as the airport before setting off for central Paris.
There they made an unscheduled departure from their programme and took a walk along the Champs Elysees. At one point security men had difficulty preventing them from being mobbed as they plunged into the crowds to shake hands. There were several indications that the cool relations between France and the United States in recent years have now improved considerably.
In his arrival speech Mr. Carter paid tribute to the helpful advice on international political and economic issues he'd received from President Giscard and Prime Minister Raymond Barre. At the Elysee Palace the two men quickly began some tough political discussions. Officials said they expected some straight talking on nuclear problems, both industrial and military. President Carter was due to stay in France for 48 hours.