The Shah of Iran arrived in Paris, the French capital, on Monday (24 June), setting the seal on the new and special relationship which has developed between his country and France.
GV Shah and wife down aircraft steps and greeted
SV Giscard and officials greet Shah and party
SV Giscard and Shah in front of guard of honour
LV Both groups enter helicopter
GV & CU Helicopter taxiing
SV Security helicopter follows Presidential aircraft
GV Presidential helicopter in flight
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Background: The Shah of Iran arrived in Paris, the French capital, on Monday (24 June), setting the seal on the new and special relationship which has developed between his country and France. The Shah and Empress Farah were greeted at Orly Airport by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, as a 101-gun salute boomed across the tarmac.
The two countries have already concluded a number of trade deals, promoting France to one of Iran's major trading partners. However, the three rounds of talks between the Shah and the French President are expected to centre on France's decision to assist Iran in the field of nuclear energy. The Shah has said he wants Iran to become the first oil producing State to switch to nuclear power, thus saving precious natural resources.
Iran is expected to order five nuclear reactors from France and during his week-long visit the Shah will visit French nuclear establishments.
Iran is also enlisting the aid of France in industrial and agricultural development, and the construction of roads and railways, dams, steelworks and housing projects.
Observers say France hopes the multi-million dollar deals will achieve a double object: assure its long-term energy supplies and sell industrial equipment and know-how to offset rocketing oil import bills.
It's the Shah's second State visit to France in 10 years, and during his stay he'll be afforded lavish hospitality, with full pageantry. That began with the airport welcome, after which the Royal party was whisked away by helicopter to Versailles Palace, where they'll live for the next week.