• Short Summary

    THE SORBONNE IN PARIS - EUROPE'S SECOND OLDEST UNIVERSITY - HAS BEEN RINGED BY STRONG CORDONS OF FRENCH SECURITY FORCES SINCE ITS OCCUPATION BY THE STUDENTS MORE THAN THREE WEEKS AGO.

  • Description

    THE SORBONNE IN PARIS - EUROPE'S SECOND OLDEST UNIVERSITY - HAS BEEN RINGED BY STRONG CORDONS OF FRENCH SECURITY FORCES SINCE ITS OCCUPATION BY THE STUDENTS MORE THAN THREE WEEKS AGO. ITS HALLOWED PRECINCTS 'OUT OF BOUNDS' TO THEM UNDER THE TERMS OF A STATUTE DATING BACK TO THE MID-THIRTEENTH CENTURY WHEN IT WAS FOUNDED BY ONE ROBERT DE SORBON AS A THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE, AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CONTROLLED THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION.

    THEY WAIT FOR AN INCIDENT WHICH WILL NECESSITATE THEIR INTERVENTION, OR THE UNLIKELIHOOD OF AN INVITATION TO ENTER. MEANWHILE, THE SORBONNE RESEMBLES A MEDIEVAL CASTLE, HIGHLY ORGANISED, THE BESIEGED STUDENTS HAVE IN EFFECT PRODUCED AN AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC. STUDENTS EAT HERE, SLEEP HERE, CREATE AND ORATE HERE. THERE IS A COMMITTEE OF CO-ORDINATION - THE STUDENTS GOVERNMENT, A PRESS OFFICE, POLICE FORCE, SELF-OPERATED KITCHENS AND LAUNDRIES, HOSPITAL, AND NURSERY WHERE THE CHILDREN OF THE'FORCE D'OCCUPATION' PLAY AND SLEEP.

    SMALL CHILDREN RANGING FROM FOUR MONTHS TO FOUR YEARS ARE CARED FOR BY A SPECIAL COMMITTEE WHILE THEIR STUDENT PARENTS AGITATE ALL DAY AND WORK ALL NIGHT IN THEIR EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN THE IMPETUS OF THEIR 'REVOLUTION'. THERE ARE NO SHORTAGES FOR THESE INNOCENT BABES. FOOD, CLOTHING AND TOYS ARE PROVIDED IN ABUNDANCE BY SYMPATHISERS AND RELATIVES OUTSIDE, AND STUDENT HELPERS LOVINGLY CARE FOR THEIR WELFARE AND RECREATION. EXERCISE IS A PROBLEM IN THAT THEY ARE, OF COURSE, CONFINED TO THE PRECINCTS OF THE SORBONNE.

    BUT THE SUMMER VACATION - EARLY JULY - IS NEAR. THE CHILDREN WILL THEN BY TAKEN FROM THIS UNNATURAL ATMOSPHERE TO THE HOMES OF THEIR PARENTS TO THEIR GRANDMOTHERS AND AUNTS THE SORBONNE WILL BE LEFT TO THE POLICE, PROFESSORS - AND THE CLEANERS. THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TAKING A HOLIDAY - UNTIL THE AUTUMN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABRKZWYN7608D1Y5IA1DITQAHR
    Media URN:
    VLVABRKZWYN7608D1Y5IA1DITQAHR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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