The French politician and journalist M. Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber said in New york on Sunday?
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CU M. Servan-Scheriber seated
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: SERVAN-SCHREIBER: I was in Germany 10 days ago and had discussions with all the German political leaders and industrial leaders. There was no hesitation from us that we should back the Ostpolitik of Germany. Its a very good politik. Its the only way to open some day, we don't know when, the Communist societies to some kind of freedom, to industrial progress, so we have to help them as much as we can. This is the meaning of the Ostpolitik that the Germans have started. I think my country and Europe will back the Germans.
QUESTION: How does your country feel towards Israel. Will there be any lifting of the embargo?
M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER: My country, unfortunately, and my government on that problem do not feel the same way. The French people overwhelmingly are for the defence of Israel and for the right of Israel to have the Mirage planes. But the government is still following a policy of General de Gaulle. On that issue and some others there is divorce between the government and the country.
QUESTION: Do you think the country will ever persuade the government to change its policy?
M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER: I think countries always have a way to persuade governments...and if they can't persuade them they change them.
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Background: The French politician and journalist M. Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber said in New york on Sunday that he supported Bonn's moves towards improving relations with Eastern European countries.
M. Servan-Schreiber also spoke about Israel and said that the French people, if not the French Government, supported that country.
M. Servan-Schreiber became known internationally when he negotiated the releases of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis from an Athens prison Earlier this year.