• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT POMPIDOU OF FRANCE AND PRESIDENT NIXON EXCHANGED COMPLIMENTS AT A GLITTERING DINNER AT THE WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT (MONDAY MARCH 2ND) SMOOTHING DOWN RUFFLED FRANCO-AMERICAN RELATIONS.

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    PRESIDENT POMPIDOU OF FRANCE AND PRESIDENT NIXON EXCHANGED COMPLIMENTS AT A GLITTERING DINNER AT THE WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT (MONDAY MARCH 2ND) SMOOTHING DOWN RUFFLED FRANCO-AMERICAN RELATIONS.

    PRESIDENT POMPIDOU HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN ANGERED BY REPEATED ANTI-FRENCH DEMONSTRATIONS IN CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK AND THERE WERE EVEN REPORTS THAT HE WOULD CUT SHORT HIS U.S. TOUR. BUT IN A DRAMATIC GESTURE, PRESIDENT NIXON FLEW SPECIALLY TO NEW YORK FROM WASHINGTON TO APOLOGISE TO PRESIDENT POMPIDOU AND ATTEND THE DINNER.

    THE PRO-JEWISH DEMONSTRATORS WHO HAD HECKLED THE FRENCH PRESIDENT HAD BEEN CRITICAL OF FRANCE'S MIDDLE EAST POLICY AND ESPECIALLY HER DECISION TO SELL MILITARY JET AIRCRAFT TO LIBYA.

    THERE WERE MORE DEMONSTRATORS - SOME 7-THOUSAND OF THEM - OUTSIDE THE HOTEL WHERE THE DINNER WAS HELD IN M. POMPIDOU'S HONOUR.

    PRESIDENT NIXON, SPEAKING FIRST, HAILED FRANCE AS AMERICA'S OLDEST ALLY AND OLDEST FRIEND. HE LAVISHED PRAISE ON RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, SAYING THAT AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP FOR FRANCE WAS SUCH THAT MINOR DIFFERENCES AND BAD MANNERS COULD NOT IMPAIR THEM.

    HE DREW A LAUGH FROM THE 1-THOUSAND 5-HUNDRED GUESTS WHEN HE SAID THAT HE HAD WANTED THE FRENCH LEADER TO SEE THE UNITED STATES AS UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS SAW IT, ADDING...."! MUST SAY WE OVERDID IT A BIT, AS WE USUALLY DO."
    IN HIS SPEECH, PRESIDENT POMPIDOU TOLD PRESIDENT NIXON...."THE MEANING OF YOUR PRESENCE IS THE WILL TO SHOW TO ALL THAT FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES ARE, AND WILL REMAIN, IN SPITE OF ALL, ALLIES AND FRIENDS."
    HE ADDED...."YOUR PRESENCE HERE TONIGHT IS, FOR ME, MY WIFE, AND FOR FRANCE, A VERY GREAT HONOUR AND A GREAT JOY."
    M. POMPIDOU SAID FRANCE WOULD ENCOURAGE U.S. INVESTMENT, BUT HE ALSO WARNED PRESIDENT NIXON AGAINST THE DANGERS OF AMERICAN INFLATION.

    HE SAID...."YOUR EFFORTS TO CHECK INFLATION, TO MAINTAIN A STEADY EXPANSION AND TO RESTORE YOUR PAYMENTS BALANCE, REPRESENT A FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL EQUILIBRIUM.

    "IF THIS ACTION OF YOURS DOES NOT SUCCEED WE RUN THE RISK EITHER OF BEING LED INTO A CRISIS OR OF RETURNING TO A PARALYSING PROTECTIONISM IN WHICH EACH ONE WILL SEEK TO ISOLATE HIMSELF BEHIND HIS FRONTIERS AS ONE PROTECTS ONESELF FROM AN EPIDEMIC BY STAYING AT HOME."
    REFERRING TO THE CONVERSATIONS HE AND PRESIDENT NIXON HAD IN WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT POMPIDOU SAID HE FOUND MR. NIXON BOTH FAR-SIGHTED AND FIRM IN HIS DESIGNS. HE ADDED THAT HE AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT HAD BEEN FRANK, REALISTIC AND PRECISE AND INSPIRED BY THE SAME IDEALS. THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM, AND OF PEACE HAD UNITED THEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF1MZ0K0TGMOAZESYTW2SYPYJI
    Media URN:
    VLVAF1MZ0K0TGMOAZESYTW2SYPYJI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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