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    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Paris yesterday (4 December) for a three-day visit during which he will have intensive talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

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    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Paris yesterday (4 December) for a three-day visit during which he will have intensive talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

    It's the first time the two leaders have met since M. Giscard d'Estaing's election to the presidency, and it's reported that Mr. Brezhnev is anxious to ensure that French policy towards Moscow is unchanged under the new leadership.

    Mr. Brezhnev was given a ceremonial welcome at Orly Airport, where he was able to speak privately with the French President in the reception lounge. The Soviet leader said he was happy to be back in France and was hopeful that his talks with M Gistaing would be fruitful.

    Reports from Paris have suggested that the current discussions will reassure Mr. Brezhnev of France's continued interest in a close understanding with the Kremlin.

    SYNOPSIS: A busy month of diplomatic activity for French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing got underway in Paris on Wednesday, when Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev was the visitor. It's the first time the two men have met since M. Giscard d'Estaing was elected President, and there were reports that Mr. Brezhnev was anxious to ensure that French policy towards Moscow remains unchanged under the new leadership. He told newsmen at the airport that he confidently expected the talks would be fruitful.

    In the later negotiations, Mr. Brezhnev will be looking for agreement on European Security, the Middle East and the policy of Soviet-French cooperation--France wants a hundred per cent increase in trading over the next five years.

    Almost as soon as Mr. Brezhnev's visit is over, President Giscard will be playing host at the Common Market summit conference. Then he leaves for further summit talks -- with President Ford of the United States.

    The first communique on his talks with Mr. Brezhnev reported that the two men had achieved a broad measure of agreement. This seems to have been principally reached on the question of cooperation. But the subject of European security has proved a tougher problem -- with the French unenthusiastic about the Soviet proposal for a full-scale East-West summit conference.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85JAK09TRGYNHWYBEECXTWJ6U
    Media URN:
    VLVA85JAK09TRGYNHWYBEECXTWJ6U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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