• Short Summary

    M. MALRAUX, FRANCE'S MINISTER FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS, HAS DECLARED WAR ON THE PIGEONS OF PARIS.?

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    M. MALRAUX, FRANCE'S MINISTER FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS, HAS DECLARED WAR ON THE PIGEONS OF PARIS. THE CAPITAL'S FACE-LIFT - AT A COST OF GBP1 A SQUARE YARD - WILL RESTORE HISTORIC BUILDINGS, MONUMENTS AND STATUES TO THEIR ORIGINAL APPEARANCE; FREE FROM CITY SMOKE, FOG, FUMES -- AND PIGEONS.

    MANY BUILDINGS IN THE CITY WERE COVERED WITH SCAFFOLDING RECENTLY AS WORKERS IN YELLOW WATERPROOF OVERALLS SHOT A MIXTURE OF WATER AND SAND AT THE STONEWORK. METHODS OF CLEANING DEPENDED ON THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF BUILDINGS. FOR SOME IT WAS EASIER TO SPRAY WITH STEAM OR POLISH WITH PUMICE STONE -- FOR OTHERS A COAT OF PAINT WAS BEST FOR THE JOB.

    PARISIANS WILL DISCOVER THEIR CITY ANEW, BUT NOT ALL ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE VAST CLEAN-UP. FOR INSTANCE, A DECISION TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PIGEONS IN THE CAPITAL HAS BROUGHT A STORM OF COMPLAINTS FROM ANIMAL PROTECTION LEAGUES AND BIRD LOVERS EVERYWHERE. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 50,000 PIGEONS IN THE CAPITAL -- M. MALRAUX IS REMOVING ABOUT 300 A DAY.

    AND SOME EXPERTS CLAIM THAT THE CLEANING DEPRIVES THE STONE OF ITS NATURAL PROTECTION OR 'HARD PAN' WHICH IS CAUSED BY THE EVAPORATION OF WATER WHEN THE STONE IS QUARRIED, BRINGING A CERTAIN QUANTITY OF MINERAL SALTS TO THE CUT SURFACE. FROM THIS THEY ARGUE THE STONE WILL CRUMBLE.

    PRIVATE RESIDENCES ARE ALSO ON THE LIST FOR A CLEAN. THE OWNERS CAN OBTAIN FINANCIAL AID FOR THIS FROM THE STATE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADEJDTR3C89NKX4F4O9EULR4IR
    Media URN:
    VLVADEJDTR3C89NKX4F4O9EULR4IR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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