• Short Summary

    More than 10 million French workers stayed away from their jobs today (Wednesday) in protest the Government's demand for special powers to deal with economic problems.

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    FRANCE. PARIS

    GV Railway station
    SV People wait
    SV Train
    SV People out of lorry
    GV Lorries outside station
    GV People walk to buses
    SV Closed down news stand
    SV Overflowing dustbins (2 shots)
    SV Man operates petrol pump by hand
    SV Man gets into car
    GV Traffic jam
    SV Policeman directing traffic
    SV Crowded pavement
    GV Demonstrators walk towards camera SOUND EFFECT BEGIN
    TV Demonstrators walk towards camera SOUND EFFECT BEGIN
    TV Demonstrators walk towards camera SOUND EFFECT BEGIN
    TV Demonstrators walk towards camera SOUND EFFECT BEGIN
    GV Demonstrators walk towards camera SOUND EFFECT BEGIN
    SV Demonstrators towards camera
    SV Tracking beside crowd
    GV Demonstrators with banners chanting
    SV Demonstrators with banners chanting
    GV Demonstrators with banners chanting chorus of whistles in B/G

    Initials AA/V/RM/DEH
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
    Background: More than 10 million French workers stayed away from their jobs today (Wednesday) in protest the Government's demand for special powers to deal with economic problems. The strike, believed to be the biggest in 30 years, paralysed the country with public transport in the towns almost at a standstill, electricity cut, and the pressure of gas and water supplies dwindling to a trickle. More than half the country's labour force joined the 24 hour protest, and some 100,000 demonstrated in Paris. There were similar demonstrations in other cities.
    The strike began yesterday evening when printing men walked out effectively stopping all newspaper reports of General de Gaulles' press conference until Thursday. Railway and electricity workers followed soon afterwards and the number of striking railway men rose to an unprecedented 95 percent.
    With commuter transport virtually out of action, Parisians took to their cars, and huge traffic jams built-up in many parts of the city. Army lorries were used as buses, and police vans were also called into service, for the first time on such an occasion.
    A huge demonstration took place in Paris when an estimated 100,000 people marched through the streets chanting "No to Special Powers" "Jail Pompidou" and "Charlie Resign."
    Hundreds of separate groups representing all kinds of workers comprised the procession which moved along slowly in perfect order.
    Tonight Paris began returning to normal, and all services are expected to be restored by tomorrow morning.
    The giant Communist-dominated C.G.T. Union said in a statement that the strikes had shown their unequivocal opposition to the Government's bid to obtain special powers to rule by decree.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HPTDA95EC0TRREEXGGZ05JK2
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HPTDA95EC0TRREEXGGZ05JK2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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