• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S MAY "REVOLUTION" SEEMED VIRTUALLY OVER TODAY (SATURDAY) AS THE BACK-TO-WORK MOVEMENT GAINED MOMENTUM AFTER TWO WEEKS OF CRIPPLING STRIKES.

  • Description

    FRANCE'S MAY "REVOLUTION" SEEMED VIRTUALLY OVER TODAY (SATURDAY) AS THE BACK-TO-WORK MOVEMENT GAINED MOMENTUM AFTER TWO WEEKS OF CRIPPLING STRIKES. STREAMING SUNSHINE AND RENEWED PETROL SUPPLIES SENT THOUSANDS OF FRENCH FAMILIES OFF TO THE SEASIDE AND COUNTRY, GIVING THE TRADITIONAL WHITSUN WEEKEND AN AIR OF NORMALITY AFTER LAST WEEK'S STUDENT-POLICE BATTLES. THE NEW CABINET MET TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND LATER CALLED ON THE FRENCH PEOPLE TO GIVE THE GAULLIST REGIME A CLEAR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MAJORITY IN THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS.

    THE CABINET, WHICH INCLUDES NEW MEN AT EVERY POST DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE STUDENT AND WORKER UNREST, SPENT 90 MINUTES IN CONFERENCE BEFORE ISSUING A DECLARATION WHICH DESCRIBED THE CONTINUATION OF THE STRIKES AFTER LAST WEEKEND'S SETTLEMENT WITH TRADE UNION LEADERS AS A PLOT TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT AND INSTAL A TOTALITARIAN REGIME.

    THE NEW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, M. FRANCOIS ORTOLI, WAS AMONG THE EARLY ARRIVALS FOR THE MEETING. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MLLE. MARIE-MADELAINE DIENESCH, THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION, AND THE FIRST WOMAN IN A FRENCH GOVERNMENT FOR SIX YEARS.

    ANOTHER NEW APPOINTMENT, OF DIRECT INTEREST TO THE STUDENTS AND WORKERS, IS THAT OF M. RAYMOND MARCELLIN, WHO TAKES OVER THE INTERIOR MINISTRY FROM M. CHRISTIAN FOUCHET. M. FOUCHET HAD BEEN ONE OF THE MAIN SUBJECTS OF THE STUDENTS' CRITICISM.

    M. COUVE DE MURVILLE ATTENDED HIS FIRST CABINET MEETING AS FINANCE MINISTER WITH THE FORMER FINANCE MINISTER, M. DEBRE, TAKING HIS PLACE AS FOREIGN MINISTER. M. RENE CAPITANT WAS ANOTHER NEW MEMBER OF THE CABINET. HE WAS YESTERDAY APPOINTED JUSTICE MINISTER.

    AN OPTIMISTIC AIR PERVADED IN THE PARIS STREETS, WITH THE EXPECTATION THAT ALL ESSENTIAL SERVICES WOULD SOON BE FULLY RESTORED. BUSES AND THE METRO UNDERGROUND RAILWAY SHOULD BE BACK IN BUSINESS SOON, FOLLOWING ALL-NIGHT TALKS BETWEEN UNIONS AND GOVERNMENT, SPORADIC POWER CUTS HAVE AND TALKS WITH THE STRIKING RAILWAYMEN RE-OPENED TODAY.

    DESPITE THE APPARENT EASING OF TENSIONS, HOWEVER, SEVERAL THOUSAND STUDENTS WERE OUT ON THE STREETS AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON TO PROTEST AGAINST THE DE GAULLE REGIME. BUT, THIS TIME, THEY WERE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE WORKERS. WITH A FORTNIGHT'S STRIKING BEHIND THEM AND THE SCENT OF FATTER WAGE PACKETS AHEAD, THE WORKERS CHOSE TO IGNORE THE STUDENTS' CALL AND THE MAJOR TRADE UNIONS TOLD THEIR FOLLOWERS TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STUDENTS.

    IN HOT SUNSHINE, THE STUDENTS MARCHED DOWN THE BOULEVARD MONTPARNESSE, MAIN ARTERY OF THE LEFT ARTIST QUARTER, SHOUTING "ELECTION-TREASON", "FASCISM SHALL NOT PASS" AND "DE GAULLE RESIGN". THE DEMONSTRATION WAS PEACEFUL AND THERE WAS NO SIGN OF THE POLICE ON THE STREETS.

    SYNOPSIS
    AS PARIS TODAY (SATURDAY) BATHED IN BRILLIANT SUMMER SUNSHINE, THE NEW FRENCH CABINET HELD IT'S FIRST MEETING SINCE IT'S APPOINTMENT YESTERDAY (FRIDAY). FIRST TO ARRIVE WAS THE PRIME MINISTER, M. GEORGES POMPIDOU.

    ALSO AMONG THE EARLY ARRIVALS WERE TWO NEW CABINET MINISTERS, M. FRANCOIS ORTOLI, THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, AND MLLE. MARIE MADELAINE DIENESCH, THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION. MLLE. DIENESCH IS THE FIRST WOMAN IN THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT FOR SIX YEARS AND ONLY THE SECOND SINCE DE GAULLE CAME TO POWER.

    ANOTHER NEW APPOINTMENT, OF DIRECT INTEREST TO THE STUDENTS AND WORKERS, IS THAT OF M. RAYMOND MARCELLIN, WHO TAKES OVER THE INTERIOR MINISTRY FROM M. CHRISTIAN FOUCHET. SOCIAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, MAURICE SCHUMANN WAS FORMERLY MINISTER OF SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS. M. COUVE DE MURVILLE WAS ATTENDING HIS FIRST CABINET MEETING AS FINANCE MINISTER.

    M. RENE CAPITANT, A NEW MEMBER OF THE CABINET, APPOINTED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), JUSTICE MINISTER. AND M. MICHEL DEBRE, WHO SWAPPED PORTFOLIOS WITH M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, TO BECOME FOREIGN MINISTER.

    WHILE THE CABINET SETTLED IN, THE STREETS OF PARIS ASSUMED AN AIR OF NORMALITY, WITH CROWDS OF PEOPLE ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE AND MANY SERVICES AGAIN IN OPERATION. THE POST OFFICE HAS BEEN REOPENED AND BUSES AND THE METRO UNDERGROUND RAILWAY ARE EXPECTED TO RESUME SERVICE FOLLOWING ALL-NIGHT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN UNIONS AND GOVERNMENT.

    MANY STRIKERS HAVE ALREADY RETURNED TO WORK, AND WITH THE RENEWED PETROL SUPPLIES, THE STREETS WERE BUSY AS THOUSANDS OF FRENCH FAMILIES SET OFF FOR THE SEASIDE AND COUNTRY.

    WORK ON SOME BUILDING SITES HAD ALSO BEEN RESUMED, AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AN AIR OF OPTIMISM PERVADED.

    HOWEVER, DESPITE THE BRIGHTER OUTLOOK, THE STUDENTS WERE OUT ON THE STREETS AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON, TO PROTEST AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON, TO PROTEST AGAINST THE DE GAULLE REGIME. BUT, THIS TIME, THEY WERE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE WORKERS. WITH A FORTNIGHT'S STRIKING BEHIND THEM AND THE SCENT OF FATTER WAGE PACKETS AHEAD, THE WORKERS CHOSE TO IGNORE THE STUDENT'S CALL AND THE MAJOR TRADE UNIONS TOLD THEIR FOLLOWERS TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STUDENTS. THE DEMONSTRATION WAS PEACEFUL AND THERE WAS NO SIGN OF POLICE ON THE STREETS.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAT8MOFJ96YRL52PB3V4ZE09AG
    Media URN:
    VLVAAT8MOFJ96YRL52PB3V4ZE09AG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment