Soviet leader, Leonid Breshnev, arrived in Paris on Monday (25 OCT) for his first visit to the West as Communist Party Chief.
Soviet leader, Leonid Breshnev, arrived in Paris on Monday (25 OCT) for his first visit to the West as Communist Party Chief. In the French capital the heaviest security force ever mobilized for a foreign visitor was on the alert at Orly Airport as his Ilyushin airliner arrived. Mr. Breshnev drove with President Pompidou in an open limousine to the Elysee Palace where he met government officials and national leaders.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday the airliner carrying Soviet leader Leonid Breshnev on his first Western trip as Party Chief, landed at Orly Airport near Paris amid the heaviest security precautions ever mobilized in France for a foreign visitor.
Mr. Breshnev, who was accompanied by his wife, received a welcome from President Pompidou and Madame Pompidou, as a 101-gun salute was fired. In France this welcome is normally reserved for Monarchs and Heads of State.
Before leaving the airport Mr Breshnev inspected a guard of honour. During Mr. Breshnev's first visit to the West as Communist Party Chief, his itinerary during the six-day official visit to France includes four founds of talks with President Pompidou.
From Orly Airport the two leaders drove in an open limousine to the Elysee Palace. The streets of Paris had been lined with flags of both countries and some of the ten thousand policemen on duty to protect the visitor. Only a thin line of Parisians turned out to welcome Mr. breshnev, however.
Inside the Elysee Palace groups of government officials waited to meet Mr. Breshnev. The visit is the first to Paris by a Soviet leader for five years. Reflecting on past meetings between leaders of the two countries, Mr. Breshnev said later these had permitted a clean-up of the cold war dust from past Franco-Soviet relations.