• Short Summary

    GENERAL DE GUALLE TODAY (MARCH 11) FACED HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGES SINCE THE NATION-WIDE STRIKE OF LAST SUMMER AS MILLIONS OF WORKERS THROUGHOUT FRANCE STAGED A 24-HOUR STRIKE.

  • Description

    GENERAL DE GUALLE TODAY (MARCH 11) FACED HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGES SINCE THE NATION-WIDE STRIKE OF LAST SUMMER AS MILLIONS OF WORKERS THROUGHOUT FRANCE STAGED A 24-HOUR STRIKE. THE COUNTRY WAS BROUGHT A VIRTUAL STANDSTILL BY THE STRIKE CALLED BY THREE MAIN TRADE UNION FEDERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF CLAIMS FOR 12 PER CENT PAY INCREASES.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT WAS BADLY DISRUPTED, WITH FEW BUS AND TRAIN SERVICES RUNNING, AND MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAMS DEVELOPED ESPECIALLY IN PARIS. MILITARY LORRIES PROVIDED A FREE SERVICE FROM THE PARIS SUBURBS, BUT MANY PEOPLE HAD TO WALK TO WORK IN THE EARLY-MORNING RAIN.

    THERE WERE FREQUENT ELECTRICITY CUTS LAST NIGHT AND TODAY. MANY FACTORIES WHERE WORKERS TURNED UP FOR WORK WERE UNABLE TO OPERATE BECAUSE OF LACK OF POWER. BUT HOSPITALS WERE NOT AFFECTED.

    MANY SHOPS, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES WERE CLOSED, AND NO LETTERS WERE DELIVERED. MORNING NEWSPAPERS WERE ON SALE, BUT THESE WERE THE LAST NEWSPAPERS EXPECTED UNTIL WEDNESDAY EVENING. (MARCH 12). TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS BROADCAST RECORDED PROGRAMS OR MUSIC.

    BUT OBSERVERS REPORTED THAT THE SITUATION WAS LESS TENSE THAN IN THE GENERAL STRIKE LAST SUMMER. THIS TIME THERE WERE NO ATTEMPTS BY WORKERS TO OCCUPY FACTORIES.

    TRADE UNIONIST ORGANISED DEMONSTRATIONS IN MANY PART OF FRANCE. IN PARIS SOME 200,000 WORKERS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS DURING THE AFTERNOON TO THE PLACE DE LA BASTILLE. THEY CARRIED BANNERS AND CHANTED SLOGANS CALLING FOR HIGHER PAY AND TRADE UNION UNITY.

    THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS DURING THE MARCH, BUT AFTER THE WORKERS DISPERSED EXTREMIST STUDENTS OCCUPIED THE PLACE DE LA BASTILLE AND BEGAN HURLING BOTTLES AND STONES AT RIOT POLICE STANDING ROUND THE SQUARE. THE SQUARE WAS QUICKLY CLEARED BY THE POLICE. TRADE UNION STEWARDS HAD EARLIER SCUFFLED WITH THE STUDENTS IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT THEM JOINING THE DEMONSTRATION.

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE PLEDGED TO DEFEND THE FRANC AND LAUNCHED A STRONGLY-WORDED ATTACK ON TRADE UNION LEADERS WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE NATION ON RADIO AND TELEVISION LATE TONIGHT.

    IN A TELEVISED SPEECH LAST NIGHT, GENERAL DE GUALLE EMPHASISED THE DANGERS OF THE PRESENT SOCIAL UNREST, IMPLYING THAT EXTREMISTS WOULD TRY TO REPEAT THE RIOTS THAT MARKED THE STRIKES OF LAST MAY AND JUNE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7WFDVRKGOYL3Z3BDP159DDABU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7WFDVRKGOYL3Z3BDP159DDABU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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