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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Pompidou introduces new style Curtain comes down on dramatic era By CY FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer The death of Charles de Gaulle formally rings the curtain on a dramatic era :n French foreign policy, even though his political heirs have repeatedly pledged fidelity to his principles in mapping their approach to world problems. Gaullist Georges Pompidou, the general's successor as presi- dent, introduced a new style to the conduct of French foreign relations when lie assumed off- ice last year. But he has made a point of adhering to the broad outline of policy established by de Gaulle. True to the former president's example, Pompidou continues to reject the division of the world into opposing power blocs and he also reiterates France's claim to independence in tiio formulation of foreign policy. Moreover, after the murder of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte, the current French chief of state mixed his condem- nation of the act with an expres- sion of continuing concern about serious events affecting the French-speaking community in Canada. TONE MODERATE The Gaullist element in such statements is obvious, but Pom- pidou has not indulged in the kind of flamboyant gestures about Quebec that were typical of the general, especially during the last stages of his tl years in power. The war-of-nervcs atmosphere prevailing in Franco-Canadian relations following the then- president's visit to Quebec in July, 1967, began to ease after Pompidou assumed power. The new president promised "good understanding and har- mony" in welcoming the recent- ly-appointed Leo Cadienx as Ca- nadian ambassador to France last month. And, in similar fashion, Pon> pidou has seen to it that the process of French with the United States is carried on, despite the suspicions often voiced in Paris during the de Gaulle era about American in- fluence. One especially noteworthy feature of French foreign policy since de Gaulle's resignation is the way Paris has conceded Choquette cites reasons for ransom rejection QUEBEC