Marshal Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Emperor of the Central African Empire, met French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris on Friday (22 September), and thanked him for helping his country's economic development.
GV EXT. Elysee Palace in Paris.
SV Emperor Marshal Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Empire is embraced by President Valery Giscard D'Estaing before walking out to meet newsmen.
CU Emperor Bokassa speaking in French.
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Background: Marshal Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Emperor of the Central African Empire, met French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris on Friday (22 September), and thanked him for helping his country's economic development. The Emperor began his career as a private in the French colonial forces, and the links between the two countries are strong.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was at the Elysee Place, and later the two presidents spoke to newsmen. Emperor Bokassa said his talks with President Giscard continued the close relationship between France, the country he likes to call his second homeland, and the Central African Empire. The Central African Empire is one of the 25 poorest countries in the world. Marshal Bokassa made himself Emperor and Life President in a lavish ceremony in December, 1977.
In a statement on his country's future, Emperor Bokassa said the Central African Empire did not need people interested in politics. It needed those who will take action. His administration, he said, is seriously committed to improving the economy of the Central African Empire. since 85 percent of the population are working in agriculture, the Emperor said their first priority is to improve farming, and to build a livestock breeding industry. He said he would like to build universities for the country's youth, and makes improvements in the health systems. He is, he explained, leading the country in a programme of general economic recovery. The Emperor then went on to say that the Central African Empire was looking to improve its relationships with other countries, and to collaborate with all countries of the world. But, he stressed, the relationship between his country and France as most important of all. France was provided massive development aid to the Empire since its independence in 1960.