In France, a series of nationwide strikes - involving thousands of workers - is threatening to disrupt everyday life.
GV French television staff picketing studios in Paris
CU Strikers holding placards (4 shots)
SV Strikers leaving for demonstration march
GV Marchers carrying placards through Parks streets (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Train departure board TO people on platform at Austerlitz station
GV Trains standing idle (2 shots)
SV People on platform
GV Deserted railway lines and stations (4 shots)
GV's Traffic congestion in Paris streets (3 shots)
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Background: In France, a series of nationwide strikes - involving thousands of workers - is threatening to disrupt everyday life.
SYNOPSIS: One of the strikes, involving employees of the State-owned television and radio networks, began on Thursday (2 November). The strike was planned to be of unspecified duration. The workers were protesting against the way in which the World Gymnastics Championships were covered at Strasbourg, in France, by the American Broadcasting Company.
At the time of the championships, French television production personnel were on strike and ABC coverage was used to fill the gap. The unions involved denounced the action by one channel, TDF, in forcing its staff to use the coverage from ABC - because that organisation is not a member of the European Broadcasting Union.
Another strike involves railway workers and was scheduled to begin on Friday night (3 November). Initially it involves train drivers, guards and train controllers, and was called by the General Confederation of Labour. These wee some of the last passengers who'd be using trains for the next two days at least.
On Monday (6 November) other categories of railway personnel also plan to hold strikes. In other areas, negotiations between ship-owners and seamens unions' representatives have failed to solve a two-week-old strike by seamen against the use of low paid foreign crews on French ships. Even before the rain strike began, Paris streets were jammed with cars who owners had anticipated the lack of transport home.