M. Jacques Chirac appeared before the French National Assembly for the first time as Prime?
M. Jacques Chirac appeared before the French National Assembly for the first time as Prime Minister on Wednesday (June 6) and in a policy statement made it clear the new French Government would not permit at any rice modification of the Rome Treaty to meet the demands by Britain to amend its terms of entry to the Common Market.
Prime Minister Chirac told Deputies Britain's demand was a threat to the European Community and incompatible with its fundamental objectives.
The policy statement was approved in advance by President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
M. Chirac said France intended to maintain regular consultations with the Soviet Union. He also outlined an austerity programme to fight inflation - now running at an annual 17% - and correct France's huge balance of payments deficit. The Government at the moment has a comfortable majority in the 490 seat Assembly but is dependent on the support of 181 Gaullist Deputies.
Most political observers agree that the new Government's majority will begin toe disintegrate unless prices are controlled.
President Giscard D'Estaing is reported to be trying to construct a new ruling majority in the National Assembly and expand his own small Independent Republican Party.