President Ford and President Valery Giscard D'Estaing were relaxed and jovial at the start of their summit discussions on Sunday (15 December) on the Caribbean island of Martinique.
GV Giscard walks through cheering crowds (3 shots)
SV INT Giscard seated with Ford (2 shots)
SV Kissinger and officials
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SV Giscard greeting Kissinger and other officials
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CU Kissinger and Sauvagnargues
GV Officials at banqueting table
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Background: President Ford and President Valery Giscard D'Estaing were relaxed and jovial at the start of their summit discussions on Sunday (15 December) on the Caribbean island of Martinique.
The two leaders were meeting for the first time since being elected earlier this year.
The main topic of the talks was energy. The two leaders have held differing view on the best way to tackle the world's energy problems. The United States has set up an international energy group of 16 oil-consuming countries to form a common front to deal with world energy problems. France has refused to join the group.
Instead, France has proposed a three-cornered world energy conference of a dozen countries representing oil-consuming, oil-producing and developing nations.
After Sunday's meeting, officials were hopeful that the two leaders could come to some agreement on a way to tackle the problems.
Secretary os State Henry Kissinger and Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues sat beside the two leaders during the first of three meetings planned during the summit.
The night before, the two leaders began informal talks over dinner.