The publication of most of France's newspapers ceased on Tuesday (7 December) for the third time in five days, as the Government tried to negotiate the end of a 20-month-old press conflict.
GV EXT France Dimanche office with strike pickets and banners (3 shots)
SV Closed newspaper stalls (2 shots)
CU Old newspapers on ground
LV & SV The closed Parisien Libere newspaper office with slogans outside (3 shots)
LV PAN INT Stationary printing presses and empty offices (3 shots)
TV Demonstrators carrying Parisien Libere banner through streets (4 shots)
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Background: The publication of most of France's newspapers ceased on Tuesday (7 December) for the third time in five days, as the Government tried to negotiate the end of a 20-month-old press conflict.
SYNOPSIS: The printers stopped work to protest against the expulsion of striking colleagues from the Paris plant of the Parisien Libere newspaper. The strike was called by their Communist-led Syndicat du Liver union.
The bitter confrontation between management and unions began in March last year when print union members barricaded themselves in the Parisien Libere printing works. The owner of the newspaper had announced he intended to cut the number of editions an make 400 people redundant. On Sunday (December) the printers were finally ejected, but the printers' union ordered that all newspaper presses be stopped for 24 hours. This was later extended to 48 hours.
Then on Monday night, tens of thousands of trade union demonstrators marched through Paris in an anti-government protest. France was also hit by cuts in television gas and electricity services the same day, as other unions staged stoppages in sympathy for the printers. Sunday's police intervention was ordered by Prime Minister Raymond Barre, after an appeals court confirmed an eviction order first made in June, 1975. In an interview, he said it's the duty of every Government to see the decisions of justice are carried out. Meanwhile, negotiations between the two groups are continuing.