French President George Pompidou, who is on a two nation tour of former French Africa, spent Tuesday (21 November) in conference with Upper Volta's leader, General Sangoule Lamizana.
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Background: French President George Pompidou, who is on a two nation tour of former French Africa, spent Tuesday (21 November) in conference with Upper Volta's leader, General Sangoule Lamizana. The two leaders discussed regional regroupings in Africa and economic co-operation between neighbours faced with other, more powerful, countries. The French President told General Lamizana that he supported such co-operation because it was one way of maintaining national independence.
President Pompidou examined proposed development projects with General Lamizana and promised French aid for some of them. He approved projects including the development of the valleys of the White and Black Volte Rivers, the eradication of disease carrying flies, and the introduction of piped water supplies to the sun-baked capital, Duagadougou.
President Pompidou also announced that France intended to make modifications in the French Currency Zone for moral and political reasons. He said France understood the necessity for financial exchange between French-speaking and English-speaking Africa. The President added that France was not trying to make the exchange more difficult, but trying to protect the countries concerned from adverse effects.