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    French Communist Party leader Georges Marchais has emphasised his wish that the Communist Party in Spain will soon be legalised.

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    GV EXT Orly airport, paris

    SV INT French Communist leader Georges Marchais walking through airport lounge and talking with colleagues (2 shots)

    CU Marchais talking to reporter

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Georges Marchais, Enrico Berlinguer and Santiago Carrillo are the main exponents of so-called "Eurocommunism", which calls for independence from the Soviet Union. The Madrid conference was their first organised meeting. "Eurocommunism" came into the limelight at a conference in Berlin last year, which endorsed the right of every national party to chart its own policy. The Berlin conference also accepted the principle that parties are answerable only to their own people.

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    Background: French Communist Party leader Georges Marchais has emphasised his wish that the Communist Party in Spain will soon be legalised. Monsieur Marchais was speaking to reporters at Orly airport, Paris, on Friday (3 March) -- shortly after returning from a meeting in Madrid with Spanish and Italian Communist Party leaders Santiago Carrillo and Enrico Berlinguer.

    SYNOPSIS: Their talks aroused considerable public interest in Spain, where the Communist Party is still illegal. An application to legalise the Party is at present under consideration by the Spanish Supreme Court and a decision is expected within a month. In a communique at the end of their talks, the three Communist leaders said that the legalisation of the Party was an essential part of Spain's return to democracy.

    A sentiment which was echoed by Monsieur Marchais on his return to Paris. He said that the talks had been a great success and that their main objective of affirming the solidarity of the French and Italian parties with their Spanish counterpart had been achieved.

    Monsieur Marchais also referred to moves towards democratic government in Spain, saying that although he wished to see this come about he said so 'without exaggeration", because it was not for him to dictate the form of future social order in Spain.

    This, he said, was up to the Spanish people, but the hope remained that Spain would advance towards democracy and that the Spanish Communist Party would be legalised.

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