• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF PORTUGUESE WHO HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO FRANCE IN THE LAST THREE YEAR, ARE LIVING IN SQUALID SURROUNDINGS IN A SHANTY TOWN JUST OUTSIDE PARIS.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF PORTUGUESE WHO HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO FRANCE IN THE LAST THREE YEAR, ARE LIVING IN SQUALID SURROUNDINGS IN A SHANTY TOWN JUST OUTSIDE PARIS.

    IN AN EFFORT ESCAPE FROM PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OVER POPULATION, MANY PORTUGUESE RESORT TO AN ILLEGAL METHOD OF CROSSING INTO FRANCE. CONTACT IS MADE WITH A "TRADER" WHO FOR A LARGE FEE WILL ARRANGE A CROSSING, ALWAYS AT NIGHT, OVER THE PORTUGUESE BORDER INTO SPAIN. THE EMIGRANT THEN JOINS A PARTY WHICH IS SMUGGLED OVER THE BORDER INTO FRANCE. THERE, THE TRAIL USUALLY ENDS IN THE PITIFUL SETTLEMENT AT CHAMPIGNY-SUR-MARNE.

    UNTIL THE CLANDESTINE PORTUGUESE IMMIGRANT HAS FOUND FRANCE. AS MOST FIND WORK IN THE BUILDING TRADE, WHICH IS USUALLY SEASONAL, THE SEARCH FOR PERMANENT WORK CAN TAKE MONTHS.

    EVEN THEN, WITH THE ACUTE SHORTAGE OF HOUSING IN PARIS, MOST OF THE IMMIGRANT ARE FORCED TO REMAIN IN THE SHANTY TOWN.

    THE COLONY PRESENTS DISMAL PICTURE - ROWS OF GREY CONCRETE BLOCK BARRACKS, WITH ENTIRE FAMILIES LIVING IN ONE SMALL ROOM, WHICH THEY RENT FOR VERY HIGH RATES. THERE IS NO RUNNING WATER IN THE HOUSES. IN FACT, THERE IS ONLY ONE TAP FOR THE WHOLE TOWNSHIP.

    IN THE NARROW "STREETS" BETWEEN THE HOUSES, REFUSE LIES IN ROTTING HEAPS. RATS ABOUND, AND OVER THE AREA THE AREA IS THE STENCH OF DECAY. THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY THE COLONY IS A MATTER FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. THE PORTUGUESE CLAIM IT IS A MATTER FOR THE FRENCH TO DEAL WITH.

    SO FAR, THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE ACTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE POPULATION AT CHAMPIGNY-SUR-MARNE, WHICH HAS BEEN ESTIMATED AT NEARLY TEN THOUSAND, CONTINUES TO GROW, BY NIGHT, AND THE LITTLE GREY BARRACKS CONTINUE TO SPRAWL OVER THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8JGTGTOYPMBJDEMJ956GZUWPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8JGTGTOYPMBJDEMJ956GZUWPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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