French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing left the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Friday (12 December) for Aswan on a sight-seeing tour.
GV & SV PAN Monument of Abu Simbel (2 shots)
SV Giscard and party looking at relief figures
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LV Giscard and party leaving monument
GV Aswan lake and hydro-electric workings above dam (2 shots)
SV Giscard and party walking forward
GV PAN Section of dam and lake with Giscard and party looking on (2 shots)
LV PAN Giscard's car driving away
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Background: French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing left the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Friday (12 December) for Aswan on a sight-seeing tour. He also visited the massive Abu Simbel temples, south of Aswan.
The sight-seeing trip, taking in some of the country's most prestigious tourist attractions, came two days after Mr. Giscard D'Estaing arrived in Egypt for talks on French arms supplies to diversify the country's almost exclusively Soviet-made arsenal.
An 8,000-million dollar (3,810-million sterling) project to build jet aircraft and missile plants in Egypt ranks high on the list of priorities for the French President's five-day visit to the country.
French engineers are already in Egypt drawing up plans for a projected armaments industry.
Before going to Egypt, the French President stated that France was ready to supply Egypt with Mirage jets and other sophisticated arms, as long as these did not hinder the chances for a peaceful Middle East settlement.
President Giscard D'Estaing was also expected to visit Ismailia on the Suez Canal , the first trip by a non-Arab leader to the war-shattered area since the 1973 fighting.
The unscheduled stop in the President's five-days Egyptian visit is seen as a new gesture of goodwill towards Egypt.
The Canal area bore the brunt of three successive wars ... 1956, 1967 and 1973 ... and its main cities, Port Said and Ismailia, were almost destroyed.
French industrial concerns are planning to help rebuild the Canal cities with a giant housing project.
The French are also working on deepening and widening the 100-mile canal to enable 250-thousand-ton oil tankers to go through the waterway.
SYNOPSIS: French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing, on the third day of a five-day visit to Egypt, took time out from official talks in Cairo to tour the massive Abu Simbel temples just south of Aswan. The President arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for talks on French arms supplies to help the country diversify its almost exclusively Soviet-made arsenal. A multi-billion dollar project to build jet aircraft and missile plants in Egypt ranked high on the list of priorities for discussions during the visit. French engineers are already in Cairo drawing up plans for a projected armaments industry. Before going to Egypt, M. Giscard D'Estaing promised to supply the country with Mirage jets and other sophisticated arms as long as these did not hinder the chances for a Middle East peace settlement.
While in upper Egypt, the French President also toured the Aswan High Dam before staying over-night in Luxor with his wife and two sons. On their way back to Cairo, they were expected to visit the ancient tomb of the boy-King Tut Ankhamon and then fly to Ismailia, once the headquarters of the Paris-based Suez Canal Company which was nationalised in 1956. Political observers attached much importance to the visit ... the first by a non-Arab head of state since the 1973 fighting. French officials described it as a special gesture of French goodwill towards the Cairo government.