INTRODUCTION: Relations between Britain and France have been strained over the past few years because of differences of opinion over European Community policies and trade.
GV Plane taxiing on tarmac
SV Mrs. Thatcher and officials walking across tarmac
GV M. Mitterrand leaving airplane and shaking hands (2 shots)
GV INT Press conference Mrs. Thatcher and M. Mitterrand arriving at press conference
CU Mrs. Thatcher speaking
CU M. Mitterrand speaking
SEQ. 5: MRS. THATCHER: "Between the President and myself we have discussed the main community issues and discussed them in a way which means that we clearly intended to study the outstanding major matters before the community, in particular the budget reform an matters such as the Common Fisheries Policy. Of course, we have differences of views on a number of things."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Relations between Britain and France have been strained over the past few years because of differences of opinion over European Community policies and trade. It was though at first that the new Socialist President of France, M. Mitterrand would not be able to form any rapport with Britain's strongly right-wing Conservative Prime Minister, Mrs. Thatcher. But during his recent visit to Britain (10/11 September) relations between the two countries that they would try to produce a physical bond between their countries -- a tunnel under the stretch of water which divides them.
SYNOPSIS: M. Mitterrand arrived in Britain by plane. At present aviation is another delicate subject between Britain and France because the French have been considering abandoning their Concorde, the super-sonic jet developed as a joint Anglo-French project. But the subject was left off the agenda this time. Instead the two leaders concentrated on a totally different travel project -- the tunnel under the channel.
They also discussed trade and fishing. The talks apparently went so well that at a news conference Mrs. Thatcher seemed confident of having found an ally despite their political differences.
M. Mitterrand was also pleased with the way the talks had gone. He praised what he called the clear thinking and clear language of Mrs. Thatcher and the way her ministers had tackled the various subjects. Referring to the channel tunnel project he said that it had become almost a mythical sea-monster, but, in this new period of Anglo-French co-operation it could perhaps become reality. Although relations are good now between M. Mitterrand and Mrs. Thatcher it remains to be seen if the channel tunnel project will actually go ahead. The idea is not new. A french engineer proposed one in 1802 but war between Britain and France stopped the project. It has been revived since but the British abandoned the last scheme, seven years ago, because of cost.