President Mitterrand of France visited Gabon on January 18 on the last leg of his tour of three African states.
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Background: LIBREVILLE, GABON
President Mitterrand of France visited Gabon on January 18 on the last leg of his tour of three African states. The official welcoming ceremony in Libreville, the capital of the oil-rich underdeveloped country, stressed the extent of co-operation between the two countries. However, during a speech at the Marble Palace, President Bongo called on France to build a nuclear reactor for his country. The call was a departure from his prepared speech and caught President Mitterrand and his entourage by surprise. However, he responded cautiously and said the question of a nuclear reactor would have to be studied carefully and that a team of experts would examine the problem. President Bongo stressed that he wanted the nuclear reactor for entirely peaceful purposes and that his country had to look to the future when their oil resources were exhausted. Earlier, President Bongo had threatened to expel French expatriates if they meddled in the internal affairs of Gabon. Some of the 25,000 French residents of Libreville said President Bongo had previously uttered similar statements, but they were surprised he had repeated these in the presence of President Mitterrand. The Gabonese leader told the expatriates that while they were in his country, they had to respect his policies.
Source: ANTENNE DEUX (TDF)