King Hassan of Morocco has been paying his first official visit to France in 13 years -- and his journey is the first outside his own country since an assassination attempt four years ago.
GVs King Hassan of Morocco arriving at Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France; greeted, and walks forward and saluted flag (3 shots)
SV Band plying
LVs Hassan walking forward and laying wreath at base of Arc (3 shots)
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco has been paying his first official visit to France in 13 years -- and his journey is the first outside his own country since an assassination attempt four years ago.
SYNOPSIS: King Hassan arrived in Paris, the French capital, on Monday (November 22). He's the first foreign leader to arrive in France on an official visit aboard a commercial Jumbo jet loaned by Air France. One of his first duties was the traditional wreath-laying at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. The Moroccan leader was scheduled to have three rounds of private talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Some of the discussions centred on the general situation in the Mediterranean region, bilateral relations between France and Morocco, and the western Sahara disputer between Morocco and Algeria. Four years ago the King was returning home from a private visit to France when his personal airliner was fired on in a military coup attempt.