• Short Summary

    French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing arrived in Athens on Wednesday (17 September) to begin the first official visit to Greece by a foreign head of state since the restoration of democratic rule last year.

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    French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing arrived in Athens on Wednesday (17 September) to begin the first official visit to Greece by a foreign head of state since the restoration of democratic rule last year.

    Accompanied by his wife, the President was greeted at Athens airport by Greek President Constantine tsatsos and Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis--a close friend of the French leader from his days of self-exile in France during the rule of the military junta.

    During his three-day visit, President Giscard will have a series of talks with Greek leaders. The main topic is expected to be a request for further French arms supplies to Greece. France has already sold 40 Mirage jets and 130 AMX-30 tanks as well as helicopters and missile-firing boats to Greece over the past year. The talks will also cover the Greek bid to join the European Common Market, the Cyprus problem and membership of N.A.T.O. -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

    Relations between Greece and France have been good since the fall of the junta. President Giscard has repeatedly emphasised France's backing for Greece over Cyprus...and is expected to be asked for support in the Greek dispute with Turkey over oil exploration rights and air space in the Aegean. French finance has already assisted the Greek economy with big investments, including oil prospecting in the Aegean.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8SRAZHP7QXCOBBP5KS2V8ZQNS
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SRAZHP7QXCOBBP5KS2V8ZQNS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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