Ray Mitcham Posted July 13, 2018 Share Posted July 13, 2018 Francois, what is you take on the conversation between Valerie Giscard D'Estaing and Gerald Ford? " On the evening of May 19, 1976, President Valery Giscard d’Estaing of France visited President Gerald Ford in Washington. Giscard, a calculating centrist, had come for a state visit. Ford, the former Michigan congressman, had succeeded the disgraced Richard Nixon. Both men were new to their high offices. In the limousine ride to the state banquet at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Giscard asked Ford about a sensitive issue: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 13 years before. ‘Here is an indiscrete question, Giscard said, “You were with the Warren Commission. What was your take?’ Ford, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives in 1963, served on the Warren Commission, which investigated Kennedy;s assassination and concluded there was no conspiracy. Former French president Valery Giscard D’Estaing Publicly, Ford defended the lone gunman finding. Privately, he offered a different opinion, according to Giscard. ‘It is not satisfactory,” Ford replied according to Giscard. “We first concluded that it was not an isolated crime, it was something organized. We were sure that it was organized. But we were unable to find out by who it was organized’ Giscard told the same story to Le Parisienmagazine in 2013. He said Ford told him, “We came to the conclusion that this assassination had been prepared. There was a conspiracy. But we were not able to identify which organization had sponsored it. ” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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