• Short Summary

    A 24-HOUR STRIKE BY PARIS UNDERGROUND TRAIN AND BUS WORKERS TODAY (THURSDAY) BROUGHT CONFUSION TO THE FRENCH CAPITAL'S TRAFFIC AND FORCED THOUSANDS OF PARISIANS TO WALK TO WORK.

  • Description


    NEWSPAPER HEADLINES; PEDESTRIANS; LOCKED METRO GATES; QUEUE AT BUS STOP; ARMY LORRIES; TRAFFIC JAMS.




    Initials GEM/V/MR/GLH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A 24-HOUR STRIKE BY PARIS UNDERGROUND TRAIN AND BUS WORKERS TODAY (THURSDAY) BROUGHT CONFUSION TO THE FRENCH CAPITAL'S TRAFFIC AND FORCED THOUSANDS OF PARISIANS TO WALK TO WORK.

    THE MEN OPERATE THE PARISIAN BUS SERVICES AND METRO...THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY SYSTEM...ARE STRIKING FOR BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS. THEIR ACTION WAS AT A TIME WHEN CITY TRAFFIC IS ALREADY DISLOCATED BY EXTENSIVE ROAD WORKS AND COINCIDES WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS FOR THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW.

    THE RESULT WAS CHAOS IN THE STREETS AND ON THE PAVEMENTS. POLICE KEPT CARS MOVING SLOWLY ALONG THE WIDE BOULEVARDS OF THE CITY CENTRE, BUT HUGE JAMS BUILT UP ON THE OUTSKIRTS AND ON THE MAIN ENTRY ROADS TO PARIS.

    A FEW METRO WORKERS REFUSED TO JOIN THE STRIKE, BUT THEY COULD KEEP ONLY TEN TRAINS RUNNING. FOR WORKERS USING BUSES, THE SITUATION WAS A LITTLE BETTER...ONE UNION ORGANISATION DISREGARDED THE STRIKE CALL, AND MANY ROUTES WERE IN FULL SERVICE. BUT THERE WERE STILL THOUSANDS OF EXTRA PEDESTRIANS CROWDING THE PAVEMENTS.

    SOME OF THEM HAD REACHED THE CITY FROM SUBURBAN HOMES ON ARMY LORRIES CALLED IN TO REPLACE BUS SERVICES. BUT THE STRIKE, THE FIFTH BY PARISIAN TRANSPORT WORKERS THIS YEAR, BROUGHT THE CITY SOME OF THE WORST TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN ITS HISTORY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3E9OQBGBNZ0PPUQUZIUXAKJDA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3E9OQBGBNZ0PPUQUZIUXAKJDA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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