French President Francois Mitterrand met Friday with eight leading Czechoslovak dissidents, the first such meeting by a Western leader on an official visit to Prague.

Leading human rights activists had voiced fears before Mitterrand's two-day visit started Thursday that it would be exploited by the Communist authorities to mute recent Western criticism of the jailing and repression of independent activists.But banned playwright Vaclav Havel, who wrote an open letter to Mitterrand last week regarding those fears, said after the 75-minute breakfast at the French embassy that the president was "very well-informed about the situation" in Czechoslovakia.