INTRODUCTION: The French President, Francois Mitterrand has issued a strong statement favouring the entry of Portugal into the European Economic Community.
GV President Mitterrand arrives at Presidential Palace, Belem and is greeted by President Antonio Ramalho Eanes
CU PAN Soldiers in ceremonial dress standing guard
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Mitterrand and Eanes seated together
SV Photographers PAN TO Mitterrand and Eanes ZOOM INTO CU Eanes PAN TO CU Mitterrand PULL BACK TO GV both seated
Background: INTRODUCTION: The French President, Francois Mitterrand has issued a strong statement favouring the entry of Portugal into the European Economic Community. President Mitterrand's statement was made on Saturday (12 December) towards the end of a 24 hour official visit to Lisbon.
SYNOPSIS: After his arrival on Friday (11 December) the French President went straight into a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart, President Antonio Ramalho Eanes. The trip to Portugal was Mr. Mitterrand's first official visit to a European country since he was elected President in May. He has however made working visits to other capitals. Soon after arriving in Lisbon President Mitterrand struck a note of friendship. He said he hadn't come to improve relations because they were already good. Ile's visited Portugal privately many times since the country's 1974 revolution and has closely followed political developments there. Before arriving in Lisbon President Mitterrand said that one of the reasons for the visit was to pay tribute to the one million Portuguese who form the largest foreign workforce in France.
The main reason for his visit though was to hold talks with leaders of the lisbon government on how to speed up negotiations for Portugal's entry into the Common Market. The discussions formed the major part of his talks here with President antonio Ramalho Eanons and on saturday (12 December) with the Portuguese Prime Minister, Francisco Pinto Balsemao.