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    The French President, M. Pompidou, has discussed Britain's Common Market prospects in a half-hour television?

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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): INTERVIEWER (MICHAEL CHARLTON): (IN ENGLISH) It now seems that we've both taken -- both countries -- a big step towards each other in this last week, and do you believe that a momentum and a pattern has been established now which will lead to the solution of the remaining difficulties?"

    POMPIDOU REPLIES (IN FRENCH) - ENGLISH TRANSLATION: This pattern I think Mr. Heath and I shall be led to define it, in part, at any rate, because it is not a question that concerns only Great Britain and France. We shall try to define it with Mr. Health as we see it. Generally speaking, one should not believe that the problem of Great Britain's entry into the Common Market consists of solving questions such as sugar from the Commonwealth. This question can always be solved, and the proof of it is that solution has been found.

    Is Great Britain ready to go ahead? For instance in the monetary field which would mean for her rather great changes as compared to her present situation? Thus we shall have a whole series of specific proof which will emerge from the beginning and become more apparent as time goes by. Again the basic thing is the intention, the will.

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): INTERVIEWER (IN ENGLISH): If you make a test of our European-ness, the phasing our of New Zealand as an exporter of foodstuff to Britain, and ending that relationship, aren't you expecting too much of us in the light of history? And shouldn't a community as big as the Common Market with its two to three hundred million people, be able to look after the affairs of a tiny country of only two to three million people?

    POMPIDOU REPLIES (IN FRENCH) BUT ENGLISH TRANSLATION HEARD IN VOICE OVER: I think that this kind of question is to be settled in Brussels rather than between the British Prime Minister and myself. I am well aware of the relationship existing between Great Britain and New Zealand. I think it is of a rather more sentimental than commercial nature, even if it is translated into exports of tons of butter and cheese. As we ourselves are producing some butter and some cheese, I think that our own reaction in this respect is not entirely sentimental either.

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    Background: The French President, M. Pompidou, has discussed Britain's Common Market prospects in a half-hour television interview. The interview was filmed at the Elysee Palace by the British Broadcasting Corporation which had been trying for 18 months to get the President before its cameras.

    M. Pompidou spoke of his coming meeting with the British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, and some of the things they would be discussing. He spoke, also, about what he called proofs of Britain's readiness to enter the Common Market and about the difficulties of New Zealand exports to Britain.

    The interview, transmitted on Monday (May the 17th) was preceded by film of the Pompidous at home.

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