The United States Vice-President, Mr. Nelson Rockefeller, met the French head-of-state, President Valery Giscard D'Estaing,?
GV EXT. Elysee Palace.
CU INT. President Giscard and Rockefeller. (2 shots)
CU Their wives.
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LV Rockefeller shakes hands with Giscard on steps before walking towards newsmen.
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ELYSEE PALACE: PRESIDENT GISCARD D'ESTAING AND MR. ROCKEFELLER IN RECEPTION ROOM: THE TWO LEADERS' WIVES: GUARD OF HONOUR: ROCKEFELLER AND PRESIDENT D'ESTAING SHAKING HANDS AS ROCKEFELLER LEAVES: ROCKEFELLER SPEAKING TO NEWSMEN.
ROCKEFELLER: "I said that the United States in no way is trying to, or actually interfering in any way in the internal affairs of France. Simply as a friend, as an ally, and as a long-time colleague, stating that if certain things happen here or there, that we would - under the circumstances - have to re-evaluate the situation - our relations - in the light of what happened. But that's what any good friend would do. That's not an interference in the internal affairs. Mille fois merci".
Last week the French Prime Minister, M. Jacques Chirac, criticised the French socialist leader, M. Francois Mitterand, for lunching with the U.S. Ambassador, Mr. Kenneth Rush. M. Chirac said that United States statements on Communist participation constituted "unseemly interference" in French affairs.
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Background: The United States Vice-President, Mr. Nelson Rockefeller, met the French head-of-state, President Valery Giscard D'Estaing, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday (22 March). It was the Vice-President's last major engagement of his two-day visit to France, during which he had attended celebrations marking the United States bicentennial year.
At a news conference afterwards, Mr. Rockefeller said that the United States would have to review its relations with western European governments if they ever included Communists. He pointed out that America was spending large sums of money to defend the West against "Communist military aggression".
But if conditions relating to the governments of those countries were to substantially change, he said, then the United States would have to reappraise its position under those agreements.
Mr. Rockefeller's remarks followed recent French statements that United States warnings about coalitions with Communists, constituted interference in French domestic affairs. Mr. Rockefeller has denied the suggestion, and repeated his denial to newsmen waiting for him as he left the Elysee Palace on Monday.