Miners, school children, old ladies, priests teaching, people marching, in France.
Miners demonstration at the Grand-Combe against handing over religious schools to state education services. Documentation states when the coal mines belonged to private societies, nearly all of the coal mine towns had christian schools headed by priests, Free Religious schools. After the liberation the law of coal mines nationalisation stipulated all government buildings were to be handed over to the government. The priests have to hand over the schools to public education.......A few communists try to create a riot while trying to pull down the wall oh planks but the fathers and miners stop them.
LS.G.V. the mining town of Grand-Combe. LS. Roof-top view of the town. Chimneys smoking. MS. Miners walking along in dark. Must be coming out of pit. LS. Children running down steps of school. MS. and CU. 2 boys chalking on wall. 'Nous voulons nos ecoles libres'. (2 shots). MS. Group of old women sitting knitting and chatting. MS. Boys handing out pamphlets to group of women. CU. Woman reading pamphlet. LMS. Interior of classroom with children being taught by priest. MS. Boys sitting at desks. MS. Priest talking to boys. CU. Priest talking to boy. SCU. Priest pointing to drawing of human skeleton to boy pupil. LS. General view of classroom as children pack up. MS. Fence dividing Grand-Combe school into church and secular sections. Priests and boys seen on one side. LS. Procession of protest through the streets. MS. Boys in procession carrying framed cross. LS. Back view of procession. MS. Men in procession. MS. Side view miners in procession pan down to lamp one miner is carrying. LS. `Elevated shot of procession. LS. Procession. (2 shots). MS. Communists trying to pull down school's dividing fence. (3 shots).