PARIS (Aug. 24)
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat will confer with French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing on the eve of the Camp David conference. Sadat will arrive in Paris Sept. 4 and dine at the Elysee Palace, where he will confer with the French President. He will leave for Washington on the 5th after a second meeting with Giscard.
French and Egyptian sources say Sadat wants to have a last-minute consultation with Giscard to ascertain whether Western Europe and especially the nine-member European Economic Community states will support Egypt should the summit talks fail. Egyptian sources say Sadat would also want to obtain an official West European backing for his expected Camp David policy positions. The Egyptians feel that such West European support could influence President Carter’s own position at the talks.
Simultaneously with Sadat’s stopover in Paris, other Egyptian envoys are scheduled to meet with local leaders in Bonn and Rome on a similar quest. The French have remained up to now non-commital on this issue.