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    United States presidential challenger, John Anderson, was in France on Tuesday (15 July) for talks with government ministers.

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    GV French Prime Minister Raymond Barre arrives in car for talks at Matignon, Paris

    GV US Congressman John Anderson arrives for talks, leaves car surrounded by newsmen and enters building (3 shots)

    GV Windows in building where meeting held

    GV Anderson on steps surrounded by newsman ZOOM TO Anderson's replies to question's replies to question from newsman

    LV Building with Anderson surrounded by newsmen

    REPORTER: "Mr. Anderson--you care to tell us a few words on your talks with the Prime Minister

    ANDERSON: "I had a very interesting hour with Prime Minister Barre. I told him a little bit about my campaign from the standpoint of some of the issues that I have been developing, and I found to my pleasant surprise that he and I are on the same wavelength, as we say in the United States, on the importance of doing something to reduce the consumption of imported oil in the United States. He thinks that is a large part of our economic problem, and I've been saying that to the American people for a long time. I also mentioned to him that as a part of my new industrial strategy, or my new industrial policy, I though that we had to begin to rationalize American industry; make it more efficient, emphasize productivity, emphasize investment, over-consumption and in all of these matters, I think the Prime Minister nodded agreement.

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    Background: United States presidential challenger, John Anderson, was in France on Tuesday (15 July) for talks with government ministers. Congressman Anderson pulled out of the Republican nomination contest, and now is in the race for the American presidency as a independent.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Anderson's most important discussions in France were to be with Prime Minister Raymond Barre, at the Matignon--the official Prime Ministerial residence in Paris.

    Although Mr. Anderson also has held talks with Senate President Alain Poher, National Assembly President Jacques Chaban-Delmas, and with Foreign Minster Jean Francois-Poncet, he failed to see President Valery Giscard d-Estaing. The Anderson party had asked for an appointment but the Elysee Presidential Palace had not responded to the request, by late Tuesday. Contrasting to his Middle East tour, seen by his political adversaries in America as an exercise in diplomatic flattery, the French visit has concentrated mostly on subjects less contentious. The talks included Afghanistan, the Middle East and NATO, but industrial problems were also on the agenda.

    Mr. Anderson spent only one day in Paris and on Wednesday, arrived in London, England.

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