President Leopold Sedar Senghor of ???negal visited Paris for talks with French President Giscard d'Estaing?
President Leopold Sedar Senghor of ???negal visited Paris for talks with French President Giscard d'Estaing at the Elysee Palace on Monday, 29 January. President Senghor wished to discuss the subjects of African security and the idea of French-speaking Commonwealth in Africa with M. Giscard d'Estaing before a conference on the matters at Kigalee, the capital of Rwanda in May.
SYNOPSIS: President Senghor has made several state visits to France for talks on African security and was met with a full Guard of Honour at the Elysee Palace when he arrived to see the French leader.
The last time the two men met in France was in May last year.
On that occasion they also discussed security problems in Africa and French aid to its former colonies. President Giscard is acutely aware of the Soviet threat in Africa.
The French president believes that a strong Africa means a strong Europe and over the past couple of years has made military interventions in Zaire, Chad and Mauritania to check growing Communist influence. France is Senegal's biggest foreign trade partner. On a recent trip to Guinea President Giscard spoke of the importance of trade with obvious defence overtones.
President Senghor told journalists that following his meeting with the French leader, he would be making reports on African security and the idea of a French-speaking Commonwealth at the May conference in Rwanda. He expressed his concern over the situation in Chad. Last week there was a one day national strike in the central African state. The crisis stems from the war with rebels belonging to the Chad Liberation Front who now control the Northern part of the country. Two thousand French troops are in Chad supporting the government forces. President Senghor said security couldn't be organised properly in countries with opposing ideologies.