President Brezhnev of the Soviet Union left Paris on Wednesday (22 June) after three days of talks with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing ended in a joint communique calling for more efforts towards disarmament and respect for human rights.
GV EXT Chateau de Rambouillet
GV & CU Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko walking into room
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Brezhnev and French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing taking seats at table
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Brezhnev and Giscard signing documents
GV Brezhnev and Giscard shaking hands after signing
GV Brezhnev arriving at Soviet Embassy in Paris
GV Security guards in rooftop
GV Giscard arriving and entering embassy
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Background: President Brezhnev of the Soviet Union left Paris on Wednesday (22 June) after three days of talks with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing ended in a joint communique calling for more efforts towards disarmament and respect for human rights.
SYNOPSIS: The talks took place at the 14th Century Chateau de Rambouillet near Paris. Mr. brezhnev, who was accompanied by the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, concluded his talks with a private session that a French spokesman said mainly covered United States and Soviet relations. Then the Soviet and French leaders signed a series of papers. These included a joint declaration on Mr. Brezhnev's visit; a statement on detente, and another on nuclear non-proliferation. The two sides also signed economic and scientific accords. The joint declaration said it was hoped current disarmament talks would end positively, ending the dangers inherent in arms race.
On detente the statement called for non-interference in all countries' internal affairs, adding that both the Soviet Union and France considered that respect for human rights constituted one of the foundations of deep improvement in their mutual relations. Before the talks began, Mr. Brezhnev had said that Franco-Soviet relations had been good the past ten years.
Before leaving Paris, Mr. Brezhnev hosted a luncheon at the new Soviet Embassy. Mr. Brezhnev described the agreements he had signed with President Giscard as positive. The 70 year old leader of the Communist Party, who also became President last Thursday (16 June), said his talks had been useful and necessary. Part of the basis for the talks had been the common desire to strengthen general peace and prevent nuclear war.
Security was tight for the Soviet leader's visit. Before he arrived, there had been attacks on Soviet property in Paris and right-wing demonstrators have been involved in bloody clashes with police before and during Mr. Brezhnev's visit. The right was not alone. There have also been left-wing protests. The main focus of them has concerned the treatment of dissidents in the Soviet Union.