French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud has arrived back in Paris after cutting short a visit to Tanzania were he was confronted by hostile demonstrators.
French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud has arrived back in Paris after cutting short a visit to Tanzania were he was confronted by hostile demonstrators. Mr. de Guiringaud had been visiting East Africa in an effort to expand France's influence outside her former colonies. But Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere said his country would continue to protest against what he called 'these people' helping South Africa to make nuclear weapons.
SYNOPSIS: When the French Foreign Minister got back to Orly airport in Paris he told reporters that his trip had not been wasted.
He said that he had had the opportunity to meet the leaders of the Zimbabwean liberation movements seeking the overthrow of the white regime in Rhodesia. He'd had a long and useful meeting with Robert Mugabe, joint leader with Joshua Nkomo of the Patriotic Front.
He then went on to talk about the student demonstrators from Dar-es-Salaam University who met him on his arrival in Tanzania. Mr. de Guiringaud claimed that the demonstration was organised "obviously with the complicity of the authorities". He said he held the Tanzanian Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa, who met him at the airport, responsible for the incident.