Amid growing concern about his health, President Pompidou lunched with African leaders at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (5 June).
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QUESTION: "How did you find the President?"
PRESIDENT BOKASSA: "Very amiable, very relaxed and in an extremely good mood. He was very happy to meet me."
QUESTION: "Did you find him changed?"
BOKASSA: "I found him a bit fatter and in very good form, and it made me very happy."
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Background: Amid growing concern about his health, President Pompidou lunched with African leaders at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (5 June).
Concern in Paris heightened when it was announced that the President was cancelling all official engagements outside the Elysee Palace until further notice. The Elysee Secretariat said that the measure was to give the President time to recover properly from recurrent bouts of influenza, from which he had suffered all winter.
The chief exception to the curtailment will be his trip to Bonn, planned for June 21 and 22, for talks with Chancellor Willy Brandt.
After their lunch with the President on Tuesday, the African leaders spoke to the press. President Jean Bokassa of the Central African Republic was asked:
The other guests also spoke in the same vein. President Leopold Senghor of the Senegal described President Pompidou as "master of all problems physically". And Mauritius Premier Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam called the gloomy health reports "a joke".
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, concern has been growing about the state of President ??? health. Most of his outside engagements have been cancelled, until further notice.
But on Tuesday the President gave a lunch for a group of African leaders from French-speaking countries.
Speaking to the press afterwards, the leaders all said that the President appeared to be in good health. The Prime Minister of Mauritius dismissed the gloomy health reports as "a joke". One of the lunch guests who spoke to newsmen was President Bokassa of the Central African Republic.
President Bokassa said that he had found President Pompidou looking very well and relaxed. He was in good mood and happy to be with his guests. President Bokassa said that the only change he had noticed since last meeting the President was that he seemed to be a bit fatter, but that, he added "Made me very happy."