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French Political Leader Praises Israel’s Aircraft Industries

Michel Poniatovsky, the first major member of France’s Gaullist bloc to visit Israel since the Six-Day War, visited this country’s aircraft industries yesterday and said: “I read and heard of your development, but I did not know till now what a high standard you have reached.” Poniatovsky, who arrived at the end of last week, is Secretary General of the Independent Republican Party, a junior partner in the French coalition, and has been critical of the party’s and the government’s Middle East policies. Yesterday he refused to make any political statements, contending they would be improper outside his own country. But he could not conceal his appreciation of the calm prevailing in the West Bank, which he also visited.