• Short Summary

    More than 1,200 passengers from the luxury liner "France", which has been immobilised by its crew in the English Channel, were ferried ashore on Thursday (12 September).

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    More than 1,200 passengers from the luxury liner "France", which has been immobilised by its crew in the English Channel, were ferried ashore on Thursday (12 September).

    The crew members anchored the ship two miles (4 kms) off Le Havre after a crossing from New York on Wednesday.

    The seamen are attempting to reverse a decision by the liner's owners to withdraw it from service next month.

    A car ferry was used to take the passengers ashore from the liner. Most appeared to be in sympathy with the aims of the crew and some sang "Auld Lang Syne" as they left the liner.

    The trouble stems from the fact that the ship is losing too much money. The owners, Transat, put the losses as high as 100 million francs (GBP 9,100,000) a year.

    The seamen say if the France is taken out of service they will lose their jobs. The French Government says this is not the case, and positions can be found for the crew members.

    The crew say they'll stay aboard until their demands for the continued operation of the France are met. The Government says it will not budge.

    Meanwhile the 66,00 ton (tonne) liner, which is the longest in the world, is blocking the main entrance channel to Le Havre harbour and stopping all sizeable ships from entering. Two of France's seamen's stopping all sizeable shops form entering. Two of France's seamen's unions have called for 48-hour sympathy strike next week that would cripple the country's merchant fleet.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8PK2BWGG39TGMVNYSVQMBOQL0
    Media URN:
    VLVA8PK2BWGG39TGMVNYSVQMBOQL0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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