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    In a militant fight for dignity and freedom from persecution thousands of French prostitutes continue their occupation of churches in several major cities.

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    In a militant fight for dignity and freedom from persecution thousands of French prostitutes continue their occupation of churches in several major cities.

    The unrest among France's estimated 30,000 prostitutes comes from an alleged increase in police interference in their work. In France prostitution is not illegal, but the operation of brothels and soliciting of clients is outlawed.

    An organisation called "Le Mouvement du Nid" -- "The Nest Movement" -- has emerged with strong demands for prostitutes' liberation. Among them are an end to prison sentencing, a cessation of alleged systematic harassment by police, the right to rent apartments in which to work and bring up their children, and a recognition of the economic, social, political and psychological advantages of prostitution.

    Many of the prostitutes have already taken to picketing, and in several cities in France, "Les Belles de Nuit" are on strike.

    SYNOPSIS: The ladies of the night are in revolt throughout France, in a militant fight for dignity and freedom from persecution. They are conducting their battle from chapels and cathedrals in several major cities. Here in Lyons, the altar of this cathedral is surrounded by angry French prostitutes, tired of the way they say they are being treated by society in general, and the police in particular.

    They believe the police interfere in their work with a kind of systematic harassment. In France prostitution is not illegal, but the operation of brothels -- and the soliciting of clients -- is outlawed.

    Here at Montparnasse, Paris, the Chapel of St. Bernard is also under siege by the ladies. They have hung the walls and windows with placards demanding talks with Minister, and outlining some of their grievances.

    Many prostitutes believe police have stopped up a campaign against them. Some say they get up to six summonses a night, and this, they feel must end. A communique read out by their leader in Paris, put the case of France's estimated thirty-thousand prostitutes concisely...the girls wanted, she said, an immediate end to prison sentencing, no more police harassment, and the respect and recognition prostitution deserves. "Le Mouvement du Nid" wished to work towards an increase in personal freedom, and the construction of a world more just and fraternal, the statement said.

    It also urged recognition of the economic, social, political and psychological advantages of prostitution. The Movement declared its solidarity with the victims of prostitution and demanded in immediate public enquiry into the situation.

    It was in this spirit that prostitutes in Paris, Lyons, Marseilles and Grenoble later took to the streets to demonstrate and -- more drastically -- to go out on strike.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1BI2OXGX36B8U0OOG0ZGM1P1L
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BI2OXGX36B8U0OOG0ZGM1P1L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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