In his press conference in Paris today, 21st January, President Georges Pompidou of France said that he had always wanted Britain to join the Common Market.
In his press conference in Paris today, 21st January, President Georges Pompidou of France said that he had always wanted Britain to join the Common Market. But it was up to Britain, he added, to make it come about. He also told newsmen that France's current oil negotiations with Algeria did not depend on the international oil talks now being held in Teheran. France's relations with Algeria he pointed out, go beyond the simple question of how much France pays for the oil.
It was the fourth official press conference of M. Pompidou's presidency. In a humorous mood he said that the British had been known for three qualities, humour, tenacity and realism. He thought the present situation was at humorous stage. "I do not doubt that tenacity will follow", he said. "I hope that realism will come also and will triumph. We will do everything to bring that about." In Paris, French and Algerian commercial negotiators have been meeting to agree a new price for Algerian oil exported to France. President Pompidou said that these negotiations could not be entirely divorced from the proceedings of the international oil talks in Teheran. But he insisted that the French negotiations did not depend on the outcome of the Teheran talks.