Some one thousand French firemen marched through Paris in full uniform today (Thursday, March 18) demanding better pay and hours.
GV & MV Fireman with banners & placards along streets (2 shots)
MV Firemen marching through streets with banners of districts represented
GV & CU Ministry of Economy & Finance building (2 shots)
MV Police PAN TO Firemen outside building
CU Backs of firemen with names of towns' on strike' chalked on jackets (3 shots)
MV Firemen sitting, lying & standing outside (5 shots)
MV & CU Firemen operating siren
GV Ministry building with firemen outside
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Background: Some one thousand French firemen marched through Paris in full uniform today (Thursday, March 18) demanding better pay and hours. They came from all over the country and carried banners identifying the districts they represented. Their march, which ended outside the Ministry of Economy and Finance, is the culmination of four months of work-to-rule which began on November 19, 1970, when nearly half of France's 6,500 firemen claimed that they had been "forgotten" in a government reform of certain categories of public servants. The demonstration was orderly and no clashes or arrests resulted from the protest.