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    Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had talks in Paris with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (21 October) centering on new arms deals, nuclear power plants and bilateral collaboration.

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had talks in Paris with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (21 October) centering on new arms deals, nuclear power plants and bilateral collaboration.

    But as he left the Elysee Palace, thousands of demonstrators staged a protest against Mr. Bhutto's visit.

    Mr. Bhutto arrived in the French capital on Monday (20 October) and immediately started a first round of talks with Prime Minister Jacques Chirac.

    Pakistan, one of France's best arms clients, is seeking new credits to finance the purchase of additional French jets and other sophisticated weapons.

    French arms credits worth 75 million sterling (US $144 million) granted in 1973 have already been spent to buy Mirage fighter-bombers, four Breguet-Atlantique long-range aircraft for anti-submarine warfare and a whole range of missiles.

    France and Pakistan agreed on the need to step up co-operation in the economic, political and military fields after the first round of talks.

    When asked whether the talks covered armaments, Mr. Bhutto said: "Our relations are not based on weapons. French weapons are only one small aspect of our relations."
    France is anxious to boost trade with Pakistan and regards Mr. Bhutto as the man who successfully steered his country from the critical economic and political crisis which hit Pakistan after the Bangladesh War.

    But in Pakistan, the Government doesn't seem to share the same faith in Mr. Bhutto. In the last week, Mr. Bhutto has suffered several blows as top ministers have resigned from his political party.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TW3TKHIB5GBKS0Q7QL5YJ9P7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TW3TKHIB5GBKS0Q7QL5YJ9P7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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