France, Israel Sign Cultural Pact

France and Israel signed a cultural pact here yesterday at the end of the visit of France’s Minister of Culture and Environment, Michel D’Ornano. The signatories were D’Ornano and Israeli Minister of Education and Culture Aharon Yadlin.

The cultural agreement includes provisions for the Paris Orchestra to perform at Israel’s 1978 Festival; an exhibition of works by Israeli artists in Paris next month; a possible visit to Israel by the Paris Opera; French government support for Hebrew translations of 12 French classics; and greater cooperation between the television authorities of both countries for the exchange of programs.

D’Ornano told reporters that his government hoped to improve ties with Israel in many areas. He reportedly pledged French efforts to depoliticize the upcoming United Nations conference on arid zones and environmental education.

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