Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Communist Party, was given one of his warmest?
Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Communist Party, was given one of his warmest French welcomes on Thursday (28 October) when he visited the southern seaport city of Marseilles. He was welcomed with speeches in the city's Town Hall. One of the speakers was the socialist Mayor of Marseilles, M. Gaston Defferre. Later, Mr. Brezhnev went on a boat tour of Marseilles harbour.
SYNOPSIS: An honour guard of troops was drawn up at Marseilles airport on Thursday to welcome Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Communist Party. Mr. Brezhnev took in the French Mediterranean seaport city as part of his six-day visit to France. Since his arrival in France, Mr. Brezhnev had been meeting French leaders and visiting highlights of Paris. A number of high-ranking city and government officials were on hand to greet Mr. Brezhnev.
The Soviet Party leader was welcomed as well by a large crowd who were on hand at the airport for the occasion. Mr. Brezhnev seemed pleased with the reception, which was far more enthusiastic than any he has had in Paris since he began his visit on Monday.
From the airport, Mr. Brezhnev went into Marseilles for a ceremony at the city's town hall. There, he met Marseilles' socialist Mayor, M. Gaston Defferre. M. Defferre gave Mr. Brezhnev a taste of political opposition by pointing out that the Marseilles city council was composed entirely of members of the opposition. The mayor went on to suggest to the Soviet leader, whose country bars all opposition parties, that it was because he opposed the government that he had been barred from accompanying Mr. Brezhnev on part of his visit to Marseilles. Following the speeches, Mr. Brezhnev went out onto the balcony of the city hall.
Mr. Brezhnev was then taken on a boat tour of Marseilles harbour. An enthusiastic crowd was at the quayside to see him off.
While Mr. Brezhnev was in Marseilles on Thursday, a government spokesman in Paris said that the Soviet leader and M. Pompidou might have an unscheduled meeting on Friday. The spokesman indicated that the unplanned meeting didn't indicate any major problems had arisen. He said that everything was going well. The two leaders were due to have their last meeting on Saturday. But the extra meeting would mean more time for talks on certain problems which they reportedly wanted to examine more deeply.