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    A black Monday for Paris motorists. The city authorities today introduced parking metres to four?

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    A black Monday for Paris motorists. The city authorities today introduced parking metres to four central arrondissements in a bid to conquer increasing traffic congestion. Not all parisians took kindly to this infringement of their traditional motoring rights. A score or so of the first 600 metres were deliberately smashed before they had a chance to register excess payment.

    Visnews cameraman Jean Poignonec left his car at home and plodded round the vicinity of the famous Madeleine Church to record reactions. Most motorists accepted the experiment with a philosophic shrug -- maybe softened by the attractive women parking wardens.

    SYNOPSIS: La Madeleine -- the church that's a famous Paris landmark -- has been looking down on some increasingly bad traffic congestion of late. This week, authorities in the French capital came to the aid of the hard pressed police, and let loose the city's first regiment of parking metres. Even before the great parking metre experiment started, militant motorists hit back. a score of the first batch of six-hundred metres installed were smashed and put out of action. But by Monday -- black Monday for the motorists -- a total of eighteen-hundred metres were ready for business.

    Despite predictions that Parisians wouldn't stand for the metres, most motorists shugged off the experiment philosophically. Maybe they were pacified by the sight of the new parking wardens -- all of them women and some of them rather attractive. Four arrondissements in the centre of Paris have so far made parking a paying proposition. And more metres are promised if the experiment's a success.

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