The French "peace" envoy to Lebanon, former French Prime Minister, M. Maurice Couve de Murville,?
SV Mr. Junblatt arriving at Ambassador's residence
SV PAN FROM Couve de Murville TO Junblatt entering residence
SV Leftist party leaders entering
SV Couve de Murville giving news conference to European newsmen
SV & GV Couve de Murville speaking in French at news conference (3 shots)
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Background: The French "peace" envoy to Lebanon, former French Prime Minister, M. Maurice Couve de Murville, has met with the leader of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, Mr. Kamal Junblatt. The meeting took place at the official residence of the French Ambassador to Lebanon.
M. Couve de Murville is on a fact finding mission to Lebanon in an attempt to help find a solution to factional violence that has split the country for many months.
French ties with Lebanon date back more than thirty years to when France granted it independence. M. Couve de Murville was sent to Lebanon by the French President, Valery Giscard D'Estaing to act as mediator between the warring factions of the left-wing Moslem organisations and the right-wing Christian groups.
While in Lebanon he has spoken to both politicians and religious leaders and has said that he "found a determination on all sides to end the fighting".
Unfortunately his words have not been reflected in the reality of the situation. Fierce fighting has raged again in Lebanon, particularly in Beirut, and two mortar shells exploded near the French Embassy injuring one of the guards.