The leaders of French-speaking countries in Africa have asked France to grant more economic help to them.
GV Cars arriving at Elysee Palace in Paris
SV president Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast arriving
SV Delegates arriving (4 shots)
SV Mali President Colonel Moussa Traore arriving
SV French Prime Minister Raymond Barre arriving
SV Senegal President Leopold Senghor arriving
GV Delegates dining at Elysee Palace
SV M. Barre at table with President Houphouet-Boigny to his right, and President senghor to his left
SV & SV PAN Delegates at dining table
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Background: The leaders of French-speaking countries in Africa have asked France to grant more economic help to them. The call was voiced by the President of Mali, Monsieur Moussa Traore on Monday (22 May) at the fifth Franco-African summit meeting in Paris.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from 20 African countries attended the conference at the Elysee Palace. One of the most senior representatives was President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast, who has dominated political life in his country since 1945, and is considered a moderate voice in African affairs.
Observers said a major preoccupation of the leaders at the last Franco-African summit in Senegal last year, was their desire for stability and security in their respective countries. This year, they are worried by the Soviet-Cuban incursion in Ethiopia and other unsettling signs, such as the disturbed state of affairs in Chad.
This is President Traore, a Marxist who has led his country for ten years. He was to address his call for greater French aid to French Prime Minister Raymond, Barre.
Established African leaders, such as President Leopold Senghor of Senegal, heard M. Traore stress the economic significance of their summit. Though informal, it had to bring about concrete results, especially in development aid, transferring resources, supporting the prices of raw materials and solving the problem of the debts of developing countries. They wanted France to use her influence seeking initiatives among the industrial nations and international organisations to build a new, more just and better balanced economic order in the world.