PARIS (Oct. 8)
Egypt was reported here today to be ready to launch a major propaganda offensive in France, with the goal of strengthening Franco-Arab friendship and disrupting the traditionally strong Franco-Israel ties. Egypt plans to open in Paris a Central Bureau of Information to coordinate Arab propaganda activities in Western Europe. The bureau will issue a daily bulletin based on reports of the “Middle East News Agency,” a Cairo propaganda organization, and publish a local edition of the Cairo propaganda weekly, “The Scribe.”
It was reported that Dr. Adel Amar, a young university lecturer and diplomat, who will head the operation, and who is already in Paris, has been given unlimited funds and is trying to buy a large block of shares in a French daily newspaper as a base for anti-Israel propaganda. He has had little success so far.
The Egyptian Information Center is busy seeking to organize into one unit the 7, 000 Arab students attending French universities. “The Association of Arab Students” recently held its first meeting, which was largely an anti-Israel demonstration.
The Egyptian activities followed the decision of the 13 Arab League state rulers, at the recent summit meeting in Alexandria, to launch a major propaganda drive against Israel in Western capitals.