• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT GEORGES POMPIDOU SAID TODAY (10 JULY) THAT FRANCE WOULD FOR THE MOMENT MAINTAIN HER TOTAL EMBARGO ON ARMS FOR ISRAEL.

  • Description


    ELYSEE PALACE; POMPIDOU SPEAKING (SOUND ON FILM IN FRENCH); SILENT AUDIENCE SHOTS.



    TRANSCRIPT: POMPIDOU: I UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONAL REACTIONS OF A GOOD NUMBER OF FRENCH PEOPLE IN BELIEVING THEY SEE IN THE EMBARGO EITHER A THREAT TO THE IMMEDIATE SURVIVAL OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL OR THE DEMONSTRATION OF A FUNDAMENTAL AND SYSTEMATIC HOSTILITY TOWARDS THAT STATE. IS IT NECESSARY TO EMPHASIZE THAT NOTHING IN THE PRESENT BALANCE OF FORCES POINTS TO THE FIRST THEORY, AND I ADD THAT FRANCE FORGETS NOTHING, AND ESPECIALLY SHE DOES NOT FORGET THE MARTYRDOM INFLICTED BY THE NAZI REGIME ON THE JEWS OF ALL THE OCCUPIED COUNTRIES AND IN PARTICULAR, ALAS, ON THE FRENCH JEWS. CAN ONE IMAGINE A RE-EXAMINATION OF FRENCH POLICY? THAT COULD IN ANY CASE ONLY CONSIST IN A RETURN TO THE SO-CALLED SELECTIVE EMBARGO AS IT EXISTED BEFORE JANUARY 3. AND THIS DECISION WOULD OF COURSE DEPEND ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE MIDDLE EAST SITUATION AND THE ATTITUDE OF THE INTERESTED PARTIES.



    POMPIDOU: THERE REMAINS THE PROBLEM OF ENLARGING THE COMMUNITY, THAT IS TO SAY THE PROBLEM OF THE BRITISH APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP AND A CERTAIN NUMBER OF OTHER APPLICATIONS WHICH HAVE ALSO COME IN. ON THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT -- IN SPITE OF SEVERAL RECENT MISUNDERSTANDINGS -- WE HAVE NO OBJECTION IN PRINCIPLE TO GREAT BRITAIN, OR ANOTHER SUCH COUNTRY, EVENTUALLY JOINING THE COMMUNITY.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRESIDENT GEORGES POMPIDOU SAID TODAY (10 JULY) THAT FRANCE WOULD FOR THE MOMENT MAINTAIN HER TOTAL EMBARGO ON ARMS FOR ISRAEL. SPEAKING AT HIS FIRST PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE HE ALSO SAID FRANCE HAD NO OBJECTION IN PRINCIPLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM JOINING THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET.

    M. POMPIDOU'S CONFERENCE WAS A LESS FORMAL OCCASION THAN THE MASSIVE HALF-YEARLY CONFERENCES OF GENERAL DE GAULLE, AND APART FROM PREMIER JACQUES CHABAN-DELMAS AND TWO PRESS RELATIONS EXPERTS WAS ATTENDED ONLY BY JOURNALISTS.

    ON THE MIDDLE EAST THE PRESIDENT SAID THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM LAY IN CONTACTS BETWEEN THE FOUR BIG POWERS. HE STOOD FIRM ON THE ISRAEL ARMS EMBARGO.

    M. POMPIDOU ALSO SPOKE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJU8LCX66FFX5TVYEBC38PJF8
    Media URN:
    VLVAJU8LCX66FFX5TVYEBC38PJF8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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