The dispute between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara is believed to be the main subject of current talks between Morocco's King Hassan and French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
GV Guard of honour in grounds of Trianon Palace at Versailles
LV President Giscard D'Estaing and King Hassan out of car and entering palace (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Giscard seated talking to Hassan
Fierce battles between Morocco and Algeria are still continuing in the desert wastes of the former Spanish Sahara. ??? Algeria gets most of its arms from the Soviet Union while Morocco depends on France and the Unites States.
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Background: The dispute between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara is believed to be the main subject of current talks between Morocco's King Hassan and French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing. The two men held the first of three rounds of talks at Versailles near Paris on Monday (22 November).
SYNOPSIS: A guard of honour was waiting at Versailles to welcome King Hassan on his first official visit to France in 13 years. France has laid on a lavish reception for the King who is staying at the Trianon Palace in Versailles during his four-day visit. His discussions with the French President are expected to focus on bilateral cooperation, especially concerning arms, as well as the Sahara dispute. This is King Hassan's first official visit abroad in four years. At that time his personal airliner was fired upon in an attempted military coup. The King, who was returning home from France, escaped unhurt. The King's popularity has increased in his own country lately by his opposition to the algerian-backed Polisario Front which is working for an independent Western Sahara. He is accompanied on his visit by his 13-year-old son Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed.