Eight banks in the French capital, Paris, were damaged on Wednesday (11 April) when a series of bombs exploded.
GV Bank of Paris facade
SV & SCU Bomb damage showing papers and glass and other debris strewn around (2 shots)
CU AND ZOOM OUT TO GV Street sign Rue Francois Ponsard ON TO front of Rothschild Bank with damage (3 shots)
SV AND TILT UP Chemist shop also caught in blast next to Rothschild Bank
SV Rue Nicolo bank, PAN TO passers by
GV & SV Policeman in doorway guarding bank and holes blasted in wall next to him (2 shots)
SV & GV Repair men arrive to work on damage at Rue Nicolo (2 shots)
CU Rue Poussin sign
GV & SVs Policeman outside another damaged building (3 shots)
There has been mounting nationalism and anti-French feeling in Corsica in recent years. Many Corsicans feel the mainland French, and former French residents of the now independent Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco are exploiting their wealth. Some want autonomous rule. However, during a visit last December, M. barre said he was "profoundly opposed" to a directly elected regional assembly for Corsica. "There are always movements and minds riding illusions and chimers but the reality remains; Corsica is attached to France, and France to Corsica."
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Background: Eight banks in the French capital, Paris, were damaged on Wednesday (11 April) when a series of bombs exploded. In some cases damage to the building was severe, but police said there were no injuries. The Corsican National Liberation Front has claimed responsibility.
SYNOPSIS: Seven of the banks hit by the bombs were in the sixteenth and seventeenth districts of Paris...exclusive residential areas, and the other bomb exploded at a bank in the eighth district's commercial area.
Important documents and records were lost int he explosions, and repairs will take time. However the banks plan to continue customer services, with some restrictions, until their buildings are restored.
Buildings near the banks were also affected by the explosions.
A telephone caller to a French news agency claimed the attacks were carried out by the Corsican National Liberation Front. He said they were in protest against what he described as "the colonisation" of Corsica by mainland property developers. There is dissatisfaction among many on the Mediterranean island about its recent rapid economic development. They say it has become the target of mainland French profiteers.
Last year a wave of bomb attacks on Corsica by nationalist guerrillas coincided with a visit by Prime Minister M. Raymond Barre.