Portuguese Socialist Party leader Mario Soares said in Paris on Wednesday (24 September) that he was optimistic about Portugal's prospect of receiving economic aid from the European Common Market.
GV exterior Elysee Palace.
SV Soares leaves and surrounded by newsmen.
CU Soares listening to questions in French.
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SV PAN Soares walking to car still talking with newsman.
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Background: Portuguese Socialist Party leader Mario Soares said in Paris on Wednesday (24 September) that he was optimistic about Portugal's prospect of receiving economic aid from the European Common Market.
Dr. Soares was speaking to newsmen after hour-long talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at the Elysee Palace.
The Portuguese Socialist leader told the journalists his country desperately needed foreign aid to solve its many economic and social problems. "But for that we need the support of Europe, not only of the Common Market but also of EFTA (the European Free Trade Association), the socialist countries and the Arab world" the said.
Questioned about his talks with the French President, Dr. Soares replied that France understood Portugal's difficulties.
Forecasting that the new Portuguese government would last until next February's elections, Dr. Soares described the present situation in Portugal as moving along the path towards democracy with socialism dominant. The conflict between the Portuguese Socialist and Communist parties, and more recently the centre Popular Democrat party has caused trouble in the country.
Dr. Soares' visit to France follows his talks with West German leaders in Bonn last week. West Germany has promised to discuss aid for Portugal...but has also emerged as the strongest mover for a reduction in the Common Market's draft budget for next year.
This film shows Dr. soares speaking in French to journalists outside the Elysee Palace. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.