• Short Summary

    FRANCE HAS SLIPPED DEEPER INTO INDUSTRIAL PARALYSIS AND THE COUNTRY IS FAST BEING PUSHED TOWARDS A GENERAL STRIKE.

  • Description

    FRANCE HAS SLIPPED DEEPER INTO INDUSTRIAL PARALYSIS AND THE COUNTRY IS FAST BEING PUSHED TOWARDS A GENERAL STRIKE. AN ESTIMATED 6-MILLION PEOPLE HAVE STOPPED WORK AND MORE ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE HAS MAINTAINED OFFICIAL SILENCE ON THE CRISIS AND THE FRENCH COMMUNIST PARTY TONIGHT (MONDAY) CALLED FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    THE DAY TO DAY LIFE OF THE AVERAGE FRENCHMAN HAS BEEN DRASTICALLY AFFECTED. THERE ARE NO RAIL OR BUS SERVICES, LIMITED TAXIS, AND AIR TRANSPORT IS ALMOST AT A STANDSTILL. COMMUNICATIONS ARE IN CHAOS. THE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND POSTAL DELIVERIES ARE ERRATIC AND SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE ON STRIKE. PEOPLE QUEUED IN PARIS STREETS OUTSIDE THE BANKS, SOME OF WHICH FIRST PUT A LIMIT ON WITHDRAWALS OF CASH AND THEN SUSPENDED TRANSACTIONS AS THEIR EMPLOYEES JOINED THE WALKOUT MOVEMENT. A FEW BRANCHES REMAINED OPEN IN THE PARIS AREA. GENERAL DE GAULE CALLED IN HIS KEY MINISTERS ONE AFTER THE OTHER AT THE ELYSEE PALACE FOR 20-MINUTE CONSULTATIONS BUT REFUSED TO MAKE ANY PUBLIC STATEMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABA5STEHE33IOSGKY5TMBDRUV1
    Media URN:
    VLVABA5STEHE33IOSGKY5TMBDRUV1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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