The President of Zaire, General Mobutu Sese Seko, in Paris to speak to the National Council of French Industry (C.
The President of Zaire, General Mobutu Sese Seko, in Paris to speak to the National Council of French Industry (C.N.P.F.), met with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (20 March). In a recent article in the French magazine "Paris-Match", General Mobutu said he wanted to discuss the possibility of new military accords between France and Zaire. He said he would like to use French expertise in paratrooping to build a new brigade of such troops in the Zairean army.
SYNOPSIS: General Mobutu called on President Giscard at the Elysee Palace.
The purpose of his trip to France was to report to the C.N.P.F. on the progress of a concerted effort to stabilise and rebuild Zaire's economy. He is looking for investment from private industry in his country's agriculture, transport and mineral and energy industries. His talks with President Giscard were believed to have centred on military issues. And questions from newsmen reflected this. In one reply, he said that there is a military presence in Kinshasa, and troops were in training near the city.
But, when asked about "troubles in central Africa", General Mobutu replied, "What troubles? What am I doing here if there are any troubles?" General Mobutu is said to be anxious to assure future investors in his country that their financial interests will be secure. His speech to the C.N.P.F. was well received by members of French industry, according to a source close to the President of the Council, Monsieur Francois Ceyrac.
During the next two years, General Mobutu hopes to bring in an economic and financial plan, called the "Mobutu Plan". On Thursday (22 March), he was to fly to Bonn for talks with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Political sources said they will discuss more aid for Zaire.