• Short Summary

    WHEN GENERAL DE GAULLE ADDRESSES THE FRENCH PEOPLE ON FRIDAY EVENING HE IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A REFERENDUM THAT MAY FURTHER PROPOSALS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF WORKERS AND MANAGEMENT IN THE PROFITS OF INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS.

  • Description

    WHEN GENERAL DE GAULLE ADDRESSES THE FRENCH PEOPLE ON FRIDAY EVENING HE IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A REFERENDUM THAT MAY FURTHER PROPOSALS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF WORKERS AND MANAGEMENT IN THE PROFITS OF INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS. IT MAY ALSO LEGALISE AN AMNESTY FOR OFFENCES COMMITTED DURING THE STUDENTS DEMONSTRATIONS. THIS NEWS CAME UNOFFICIALLY AFTER A 20 MINUTE CABINET MEETING YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WHILE EIGHT-MILLION OF FRANCE'S 15-MILLION WAGE-EARNERS WERE ON STRIKE.

    WORKERS TOOK OVER THE DOCKYARDS AT ST. NAZAIRE AND THE SUD AVIATION FACTORY AT NANTES. RED FLAGS -- SOME WITH THE LETTERS C.G.T. OF THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF LABOUR, WHICH IS COMMUNIST-LED, EMBROIDERED ON THEM -- WERE ATOP MANY BUILDINGS.

    THE HUGE SHIPBUILDING YARDS AT ST. NAZAIRE LAY IDLE AS BLUE-OVERALLED WORKERS MADE THEMSELVES COMFORTABLE FOR A LONG STAY INSIDE THE WORKS. NEARBY DOCKERS, TUGMEN AND PILOTS WERE ALSO ON STRIKE.

    AT NANTES, WHERE THE STRIKE MOVEMENT SEEMS TO HAVE STARTED WORKERS WERE IN CONTROL OF THE SUD AVIATION WORKS. RUDE DRAWINGS OF GENERAL DE GAULLE WERE SCRAWLED ON SOME PLACARDS AND HERE, AS AT FACTORIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, WORKMEN PREPARED FOR A LONG STAY WITH MAKESHIFT SHELTERS AND A CAREFUL ORGANISATION OF FOOD AND DRINK SUPPLIES. GAMES OF CARDS AND THE SINGLE PROGRAMME ON THE RADIO PASSED AWAY THE TIME.

    NOW THE NATION LOOKS TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT'S BROADCAST ON FRIDAY FOR A SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT TROUBLES.

    SYNOPSIS: ST. NAZAIRE, ON THE WEST COAST OF FRANCE, HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE TIDAL WAVE OF STRIKES ACROSS FRANCE. THE FAMOUS SHIPBUILDING YARDS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL AND WORKERS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE YARDS. RED FLAGS -- SOME WITH THE LETTERS C.G.T. -- HANG FROM MANY BUILDINGS. THE C.G.T. IS THE COMMUNIST-LED GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF LABOUR. MANY OF THE EIGHT MILLION STRIKES IN FRANCE BELONG TO UNIONS AFFILIATED TO THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION ON LABOUR.

    AFTER YESTERDAY'S CABINET MEETING IT WAS UNOFFICIALLY LEARNED THAT GENERAL DE GAULLE MAY ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A REFERENDUM DURING HIS TELEVISION BROADCAST ON FRIDAY THE REFERENDUM MAY MAKE FURTHER PROPOSALS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF WORKERS IN THE PROFITS OF INDUSTRY.

    AT THE SUD AVIATION FACTORY AT NANTES, WHERE THE STRIKE MOVEMENT SEEMS TO HAVE STARTED, IT WAS MUCH THE SAME PICTURE. RED FLAGS WERE ATOP MANY BUILDINGS, AND WORKERS WERE PREPARING FOR A LONG SIEGE. THE FACTORY WAS TOTALLY SHUT-DOWN.

    TENTS AND MAKE-SHIFT SHELTERS WERE ERECTED INSIDE THE FACTORY AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES WERE FORMED TO ENSURE A SMOOTH SUPPLY OF FOOD AND DRINK INTO THE FACTORY... ANTI-GOVERNMENT FEELING EXPRESSED ITSELF IN CARTOONS SCRAWLED ON PLACARDS -- SEVERAL MADE PERSONAL ATTACKS ON THE PRESIDENT.

    INSIDE THE FACTORIES AND OUTSIDE, RIGHT ACROSS FRANCE, FACTORIES AND PUBLIC SERVICES ARE AT A STANDSTILL. NOW THE NATION LOOKS TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT'S BROADCAST ON FRIDAY FOR A SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT TROUBLES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4RXMFANQINICYAS10OVDCN1AF
    Media URN:
    VLVA4RXMFANQINICYAS10OVDCN1AF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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