Some say Paris in France is the most beautiful city in the world, and many would probably agree if they could see her now, specially decorated for Christmas.
GV Eiffel Tower illuminated with lights in shapes of Christmas trees. (3 shots)
GV ZOOM OUT Arc de Triomphe showing illuminations on top at night, and streets below.
GV Trees illuminated on Boulevard Hausmann. (3 shots)
GV Lights illuminating big shop verandah. (2 shots)
SCU Children looking at Christmas attractions in shop displays. (3 shots)
SV's OF Shop window displays including Concorde, story characters, Spanish dancers, and toys on see-saw. (4 shots)
SV Mechanised toys PAN TO children watching, and people watching other displays. (4 shots)
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Background: Some say Paris in France is the most beautiful city in the world, and many would probably agree if they could see her now, specially decorated for Christmas. For the first time the Eiffel Tower has been illuminated. In its 88 years the tower has earned various scornful nicknames, such as "the iron Venus" and the "ugly skeleton". But now it dominates central Paris as a sort of Christmas tree.
SYNOPSIS: The tower is covered by 10 kilometres of lights, shining down over the rest of the city.
But the Arc de Triomphe has not been completely overshadowed, and nor have some of the central city streets. The municipal authorities have made a big effort to create a festive air for Christmas, and have closed some streets to motor vehicles to make life easier for shoppers.
Shopkeepers have done their bit too. As always, their Christmas displays have become a big attraction for children.
The Concorde was a topical highlight, and story-book characters seemed to be as popular as ever. The closing of fifteen streets to motor traffic has also made it easier for tourists who just want to browse and view the displays.
Some Parisians have objected to the time and money which the municipal authorities have spent on Christmas decorations. But few could deny that their efforts, and those of the shopkeepers, have made Paris even more beautiful.