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US-France / Giscard Visit #43345

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 17, 1976
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(Studio) French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing flies to United States on Concorde.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Andrews AFB, MD) There were no environmental protests.
REPORTER: HR (narrates)

(DC) D'Estaing visits United States in honor of Bicentennial and French soldiers participation in American Revolution. Welcoming White House ceremonies shown. [D'ESTAING - says long live the US.] [FORD - thanks d'Estaing.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(DC) Park near White House named after French hero of American Revolution, Marquis de LaFayette. Most Americans don't think France was important to US history or is a dependable ally. Americans rate France 4th as cntrys. important in West Europe.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(France) Franco-American relations hit bottom during rule of Charles De Gaulle in 1960's. De Gaulle shown. De Gaulle kicked United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) out of France. US-French relations improved under d'Estaing. He wants to remind Americans when American-French relations started and why they should continue.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Compton, Ann;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry

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