Leaders of 19 countries taking part in a French-sponsored summit meeting to discuss African economic and political problems attended an official dinner given at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday night (10 May).
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Background: Leaders of 19 countries taking part in a French-sponsored summit meeting to discuss African economic and political problems attended an official dinner given at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday night (10 May).
French President Giscard D'Estaing called the two day meeting which has been officially dubbed "the Franco-African summit". It's the third of its kind since 1973, when the late President Georges Pompidou called such gatherings, which he felt would help improve relations between the countries concerned.
President Giscard D'Estaing appears eager to steer the meeting mainly towards economic subjects, but it was clear that many African leaders present want to discuss topics of political interest, particularly those dealing with attitudes toward white southern Africa.
Some of the more western-leaning African leaders were expected to discuss the recent Angola conflict, in view of Soviet influence in the region, which is known to deeply worry several participants.
The nations taking part are: France, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Upper Volta, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Toto Mauritius, Seychelles Islands, Benin (formerly Dahomey), Burundi, Cape Verde Islands, Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad, Zaire and Comoro Islands.
The countries represented include a number which are not in the traditional French zone of influence.