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    INTRODUCTION: The new Vice President of the United States, Mr. Walter Mondale, met French President?

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    GV EXT Elysee Palace, Paris, with French flag flying (2 shots)

    MV INT French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and United States Vice President Walter Mondale standing talking (2 shots)

    MV Mondale making statement to press with newsmen watching (5 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3) MONDALE: "I think we can say at this point that the trip has been extremely well received. I'm very, very pleased by the outcome of our talks. The personal relationships that exist simply could not be better than they are today. President Giscard made it very clear that they strongly hoped that approval for the landing of Concorde in New York would be granted. This was an issue that he brought up and made in very strong terms. We discussed..........the problem of terrorism and the threat that it poses to our countries. We raised that issue in a constructive spirit and exchanged views. We pointed out that our most recent concerns were based not only on our broad concern for the problem of terrorism, but also because one of our ambassadors was killed in an effort by the Black September Organisation to free this individual form jail in the Middle East."


    Mr. Mondale left Paris on Saturday night, landing in Reykjavik Iceland a few hours later of his way to Tokyo, before returning to the United States.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The new Vice President of the United States, Mr. Walter Mondale, met French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris on Saturday (29 January). Mr. Mondale was on the sixth and last leg of his whistle-stop European tour, which started shortly after the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter got underway in Washington.

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the Elysee Palace and before the two leaders got down to discussing serious political business Mr. Mondale told President Giscard that he was slowly adapting to the physical demands of Kissinger-style diplomacy. When the French President asked him if he was suffering from jet-lag after visiting five European capitals in seven days Mr. Mondale replied "I'm slowly adjusting." Political observers in Paris say that the discussions with President Giscard were probably the most sensitive of Mr. Mondale's tour -- with controversial issues on the agenda such as limitations on the spread of nuclear technology. Afterwards Mr. Mondale gave details of the talks to a news conference, with particular emphasis on the future of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner, Concorde.

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