INTRODUCTION: France and Vietnam set the seal on their reconciliation on Tuesday (26 April) when Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong met French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
GV Elysee Palace
2 TV Pham Van Dong arriving and entering palace.
SV INT. (MUTE) Delegates at banquet
SV President Giscard and Mr Dong seated at banquet (??? shots)
SV (NATSOF) Journalists waiting outside
SV President Giscard and Mr Dong shaking hands and Mr Dong leaving palace
SCU Vietnamese flag on car
SV Mr Dong being taken away in car
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Background: INTRODUCTION: France and Vietnam set the seal on their reconciliation on Tuesday (26 April) when Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong met French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Mr Dong had arrived the day before to an elaborate welcome, normally reserved for visiting heads of state.Hanoi is seeking to attract large-scale foreign investment. The visit is the first by a high-ranking official to the West since the end of the Vietnam War two years ago.
Among the banquet guests was General Marcel Bigeard, a former Deputy Defence Minister and a parachute unit commander at Dien Bien Phu, scene of France's final military defeat in Indochina 23 years ago. The French President said at the banquet that France and Vietnam could work together to promote economic relations and peace in Southeast Asia. Mr Dong's visit has attracted added interest because of next month's talks between Hanoi and Washington in normalising their relations.
Mr Dongs visit has been widely reported around the world. The 71-year-old premier accompanied the late Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnamese revolution, to abortive independence talks near Paris more than 30 years ago when France was Vietnam's colonial ruler.
President Giscard and Mr Dong later had two hours of private talks after the banquet. Mr Dong said France and Vietnam must now define their relations on a global and long-term basis.