May 2nd, 2016 by editor



Paris
1. Wide shot IOC commission and Paris bid committee arriving at Batignolles Olympic Village
2. Banner at entrance of site saying “Paris 2012, IOC evaluation Commission visit Paris 9-12 March 2005”
3. IOC evaluation commission chairwoman, Nawal El Moutawakel, accompanied by Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe and delegates walking towards entrance
4. Sign “Paris 2012, candidate city”
5. IOC and Paris committee delegates walking
6. Family photo
7. Pan people talking to Nawal El Moutawakel to electronic board saying “118 days: Paris 2012, the love of the games”
8. IOC delegate walking with man
9. Nawal El Moutawakel and Bertrand Delanoe joining the rest of the group
10. Wide shot IOC delegation members and Paris bid committee

Saint-Denis, Paris outskirts
11. Pan exterior Stade de France
12. Pan Stade de France pitch
13. IOC delegation, Paris bid committee and French athletes walking on pitch
14. Close-up IOC evaluation commission chairwoman, Nawal El Moutawakel
15. Various delegates on pitch
16. Close up sign “Paris 2012, candidate city”
17. Wide shot family photo
18. Pan family photo
19. Cameraman
20. Paris 2012 flags
21. Various of IOC delegation in stands

Paris
22. Empty interior shot of St Lazare station
23. Commuters looking at sign announcing strike

STORYLINE:

IOC inspectors toured prospective venues for a 2012 Olympics in Paris on Thursday, dodging crippling transport strikes that took some of the shine off the French capital”s efforts to present its best face.

The inspectors stopped first on Thursday at a disused railway yard in northwest Paris where the Olympic Village for 17,100 athletes and coaches would be built if the French capital is selected.

Paris is looking to defend its perceived mantle as favourite over rivals New York, London, Moscow and Madrid. The full IOC will select the host city on July 6.

After spending an hour at the proposed Olympic Village site, where they watched and listened to video and audio presentations, the inspectors were touring the Stade de France stadium, which bid organisers have renamed Stade de France Paris 2012.

The IOC team also was to visit the Roland Garros tennis arena and the Eiffel Tower, where Olympic beach volleyball would be held under the monument”s iron legs.

Paris, Olympic host in 1900 and 1924, is making its third bid in 20 years after failed attempts for the 1992 and 2008 Games.

On Friday, the IOC inspectors will dine at the Elysee Palace with President Jacques Chirac. They leave for Moscow on Sunday.

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April 25th, 2016 by editor



1. Exterior Saint Lazare train station
2. Various commuters looking at electronic board for train schedules
3. Soci�t� Nationale des Chemins de fer Fran�ais (SNCF) staff giving train information to commuters
4. Wide of railway tracks
5. People at information desk
6. SOUNDBITE: (French) name not given, vox pop:
“I don’t support the strike. I don’t understand why they can’t reach an agreement, that they can’t start the negotiations now.”
7. People looking at train schedule board
8. Traveller talking to SNCF staff
9. SOUNDBITE: (French) name not given, vox pop:
“Yes (I support the strike). They have to defend their retirement regime. I am a civil servant. I am on strike on the 20th so I support them.”
10. Woman walking onto train platform
11. Various people walking along platform towards trains
12. Wide people waiting on platform at metro station
13. Close-up of woman reading newspaper article about the strike (headline reading in French: “Travellers can’t take it anymore”)
14. People on platform waiting for metro train
15. Man looking at metro map
16. SOUNDBITE: (French) name not given, vox pop:
“no, I can’t support this after five days. Five days is a long time. It really affects the working class people so I can’t support this movement.”
17. Metro train arriving, people getting in and out
18. Metro train leaving station
STORYLINE:
France’s nationwide transport strike entered its fifth day on Sunday, despite the prime minister calling on unions to end strikes that have disrupted the transport networks for days.
Prime Minister Francois Fillon made the plea before negotiations can begin on a sensitive pension reform that is central to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s vision for reforming the country.
Despite diminishing support, some workers for the national rail network and the Paris transit authority plan to continue their walk-out until Tuesday, when civil servants are planning their own strike and demonstrations over Sarkozy’s plans to slash the number of bureaucrats.
The conservative Sarkozy has made the retirement reform an important symbol of his plans for making France more competitive.
The reform would abolish rules that allow train drivers and some other public sector workers to retire after 37.5 years of service instead of 40.
Sarkozy says the rules are costly and unfair, and polls indicate most French voters agree with him.
But the percentage of French respondents “satisfied” with his actions dropped four points over the past month to 55 percent, according to a poll released on Saturday, continuing a gradual slide since the summer.
The poll of 1,866 respondents was conducted by telephone between the 8th and 16th of November.

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April 17th, 2016 by editor



1. Exterior of passengers outside terminal building 2F
2. Exterior close up of control tower
3. Wide shot of policemen on traffic duty
4. Medium shot of policewoman on traffic duty
5. Medium shot of French Transport minister Gilles de Robien arriving outside the terminal
6. Interior wide shot de Robien surrounded by reporters
7. SOUNDBITE: (French) Gilles de Robien, French Transport minister:
“I have come to reassure, I have come to thank, I have come to keep up the pressure on mobilisation and also to salute the considerable and exceptional effort that has been put in during the past year.”
8. Wide shot of passengers waiting to go through passport control
9. Medium shot of passengers going through passport control
10. Medium shot of passenger
11. Wide shot of police dog checking luggage for explosives
12. Medium shot of security agent monitoring x-ray screens
13. Close up shot of an x-ray screen showing a small pair of scissors in a suitcase
14. Medium pan from a piece of luggage being searched to security agent searching the bag
15. Medium shot of police dog checking luggage for explosives
16. Medium shot of French Transport minister Gilles de Robien watching the security checks taking place
17. Wide shot of police dog sniffing a passenger for explosives
18. Close up shot of passenger
19. Wide shot of inside of terminal hall
20. Interior wide shot of the hall of Terminal 2E (under construction) with reporters
21. Wide shot de Robien wearing a hard hat surrounded by reporters
22. SOUNDBITE: (French) Gilles de Robien, French Transport minister:
“Obviously here we are mobilising all means possible and we really have, how can I say, a duty to provide the means, but as I said a moment ago terrorism or the ability to do damage is infinite, so it is up to us to be better in preventing it.”
23. Wide shot of Terminal 2E (under construction) with reporters

STORYLINE:

France’s transport chief watched guards sift through passengers’ luggage and police dogs sniff suitcases for explosives on Tuesday on a tour of airport security measures taken since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Transportation Minister Gilles de Robien said he made the visit to Charles de Gaulle airport a day before the first anniversary of the attacks to verify progress on security steps and to encourage further vigilance.

Just north of Paris, Charles de Gaulle is France’s top airport, handling about 58 (m) million passengers a year, with more than half a (m) million arrivals and departures.

Officials say security renovations at Paris airports will have tripled from 2000 to 2003, and costs this year would hit 160 (m) million euros (157 million US dollars), about 20 percent of the total budget. One thousand security personnel have been hired, bringing the total to 32-hundred agents.

Airport officials also say they’ve strengthened screening of both carry-on and check-in baggage, and have dogs trained in detecting explosives checking luggage. The airports have more than 100 explosives screening machines.

On his airport tour, de Robien and an entourage of airport officials looked at measures at check-in counters, passenger gates and inspection of cargo luggage. They also paid visits to the control tower.

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April 16th, 2016 by editor



SHOTLIST
1. Wide pan of airport foyer, press, officials
2. Mid of cameramen
3. SOUNDBITE (French): Dominique Bussereau, French Transport Minister:
“The alerts with this company is that the plane that was in the accident was a plane that in 2007 had undergone a routine safety checks where there were a number of faults. The French authorities informed the company of these faults and that plane, as if by accident, did not reappear in European airspace since that date. That meant that the company, as of that incident, was subject to stricter surveillance on our part.”
4. Pan of relatives at airport
5. Close-up of anxious relatives
6. SOUNDBITE (French): Dominique Bussereau, French Transport Minister:
“We are going to take care of these families in the same way we are taking care of the families of the victims of the Rio – Paris flight. That means we are going to designate someone to take care of them, we will keep all the families informed of the investigations, so the same humanity, the same respect, of all the families, on all the flights. And secondly, France is responsible for the flight that left Paris, but not the one that left Sa’na, but as we have international accords, we will check those accords to see how we go forward. I promise you, our government promises you, that we will give you the truth, and we will ensure that all our compatriots, French of Comore origin, Franco-Comores, that they travel in the best conditions. I assure you of this. It’s sad, there are families mourning at a distance exactly one month after another accident – and I will be seeing the families of the other accident very soon, and that you will have information from the investigators at a press conference this Thursday.”
7. Bussereau walking away
STORYLINE:
France’s transport minister said on Tuesday that French aviation inspectors found a “number of faults” during a 2007 inspection of a plane that has crashed in the Indian Ocean.
The passenger jet from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed Tuesday as it tried to land during heavy wind on the island nation of Comoros.
Dominique Bussereau, speaking to reporters at Charles de Gaulle Airport, said that the Airbus A310 was inspected by France’s civil aviation agency DGAC in 2007 and “they noticed a certain number of faults.”
He said the plane had not returned to European air space since.
Bussereau said that the airline was not on any European black lists but “was subject to stricter surveillance on our part” and was scheduled for an upcoming interview with European Union safety officials.
The Yemenia plane was the second Airbus to crash into the sea in as many months.
An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean May 31, killing all 228 people on board, as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
“We are going to take care of these families in the same way we are taking care of the families of the victims of the Rio – Paris flight,” said Bussereau told reporters in Paris.
A crisis centre has been set up at Charles de Gaulle airport.
Many passengers were from the French city of Marseille, which has a large Comoros community.
“I promise you, our government promises you, that we will give you the truth, and we will ensure that all our compatriots, French of Comore origin, Franco-Comores, that they travel in the best conditions,” said Bussereau.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy “expressed his deep emotion” about the crash and asked the French military to help in the rescue operation, particularly from the French islands of Mayotte and Reunion.

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April 11th, 2016 by editor



A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries.
Justice Department officials on Monday announced that Alstom SA would plead guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prosecutors say the company and several subsidiaries falsified books and paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes for contracts for power, grid and transportation projects. Authorities say the bribes were paid in countries including Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
“From at least 2000 to 2011, they bribed government officials and falsified accounting records in connection with lucrative power and transportation projects for state-owned entities across the globe, altogether, Alstom paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to win $4 billion in projects – and to secure approximately $300 million in profit for themselves,” said Deputy Attorney General, James M. Cole at Monday’s press briefing.
The guilty plea was being entered Monday in federal court in Connecticut, where a U.S. subsidiary is located.
The Justice Department says five individuals, including four executives of Alstom and its subsidiaries, have already been charged in connection with bribery-related schemes.

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April 4th, 2016 by editor



SHOTLIST
NB: NO SLATE
1. Tilt down exterior of French transport ministry
2. Close-up of brass plaque outside ministry reading (French) “Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing”
3. Tracking of relatives of victims arriving for hearing
4. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Nelson Marinho, President of Brazilian Victims Family Association
“This meeting is only to deal with the delivery of the bodies to their respective families. We don’t know how the collecting of DNA material will be done or whether they are going to take advantage of the database the Brazilian federal police already established (from first bodies found).”
5. Close-up of Marinho
6. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Nelson Marinho, Head of Brazilian Victims Family Association:
“No, we aren’t happy. The problem is that we’re seeking the truth. We lost relatives and we need to take advantage of this to make aviation safer so other families don’t have to suffer what we’re suffering.”
7. Marinho entering building
8. Close-up of French flag
9. Wide of exterior of ministry
STORYLINE:
Relatives of the victims of a crashed Air France flight met with investigators on Wednesday to work out what will happen to the victims’ remains, retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean floor two years after the crash.
All 228 people died when Air France Flight 447 dived into the sea in 2009, and investigators are still trying to determine what went wrong.
In a long-awaited discovery, underwater robots located the plane’s black box flight recorders and several bodies in April.
The remains still must be identified, likely via DNA testing. A ship carrying the bodies and aircraft parts is scheduled to arrive in the French port of Bayonne on Thursday.
Representatives from Brazilian, French, Italian and German associations of victims’ families sat down with investigators from France’s accident investigation bureau BEA on Wednesday to review the latest information on the crash.
“We’re seeking the truth. We lost relatives and we need to take advantage of this to make aviation safer so other families don’t have to suffer what we’re suffering,” Nelson Marinho, president of Brazil’s association of victims’ families, told The Associated Press ahead of the meeting.
“This meeting is only to deal with the delivery of the bodies to their respective families,” he said.
Marinho said he hoped the French investigators would work with Brazilian federal police to compare data to make the identification quicker and easier.
Based on initial information from the flight recorders, investigators say the pilots, confronted with faulty instrument readings and alarms going off in the cockpit, struggled to tame the aircraft as it went into an aerodynamic stall, rolled, and finally plunged 38-thousand feet in just 3 1/2 minutes.
A brief, highly technical report released by the BEA last month contains only selective remarks from the cockpit recorder, offers no analysis and assigns no blame.
A fuller report is expected in July.
The plane’s external speed sensors, called Pitot tubes, have long been considered a likely culprit in the disaster, with experts suggesting they may have been iced over.
The BEA investigators also found that two sets of instruments on the plane gave different speed readings.
Since the accident, Air France has replaced the speed monitors on all its Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft.
Marinho also said that “if it were up to us, that plane (the Airbus A330) wouldn’t take off again, it wouldn’t leave the ground.”

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March 28th, 2016 by editor



France’s transport minister said on Tuesday that French aviation inspectors found a “number of faults” during a 2007 inspection of a plane that has crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Dominique Bussereau, speaking to reporters at Charles de Gaulle Airport, said that the Airbus A310 was inspected by France’s civil aviation agency DGAC in 2007 and “they noticed a certain number of faults.”
He said the plane had not returned to European air space since.
Bussereau said that the airline was not on any European black lists but “was subject to stricter surveillance on our part” and was scheduled for an upcoming interview with European Union safety officials.
But Yemenia’s chief denied the plane may have been faulty.
Speaking to reporters at the headquarters of the company in Paris, Faisal Emran also denied there had been complaints from passengers about the flights.
“No, there was no complaining as far as we know. The complaints which we were having maybe someone didn’t get what he want,” he said.
He also strongly denied claims that flights were overloaded.
“No way. It never happened. It never happened that more passengers, it cannot be. Because we are using electronic systems on all our boarding systems, electronic systems, so it cannot be. You cannot board, the computer will not accept more than the configuration,” he said.
But Stephane Salord, the Comoros’ honorary consul in Marseille said the contrary called Yemeni’s aircraft “flying cattle trucks.”
Comorans in Paris who have flown Yemenia flights to the Indian Ocean archipelago have been harshly critical of travel conditions on the flights.
Meanwhile Christophe Prazuck, French military spokesman, said a patrol boat and reconnaissance ship were being sent to the crash site as well a military transport plane.
The French were sending divers as well as medical personnel, he said.
The passenger jet from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed Tuesday as it tried to land during heavy wind on the island nation of Comoros.
A Yemeni aviation official says a young boy who was plucked alive from the Indian Ocean after a passenger jet crashed was found floating 10 miles (15 kilometres) out to sea.
Mohammed Abdul Qader, the Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief, said the boy was 5 years old and has been hospitalised in the Comoros. He had no further details.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy “expressed his deep emotion” about the crash and asked the French military to help in the rescue operation, particularly from the French islands of Mayotte and Reunion.

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March 25th, 2016 by editor



1. Wide shot of French transport minister Dominique Perben and other officials walking past honour guard towards bridge
2. Perben greeting officials, bridge in background
3. Wide shot of Perben and officials seated near bridge, Perben stands and walks to podium to speak
4. SOUNDBITE: (French) Dominique Perben, French transport minister
“France is ready to participate temporarily, and by request of the United Nations, in the maritime surveillance of your coast. France contributed with 2,000 men and will continue to exert this control (peacekeeping mandate) until February 2007, as requested by the secretary-general of the United Nations. New contingents of French troops will arrive in the following days. By doing so, we engage the Europeans in taking our responsibilities. This peace mission will be conducted with determination and with the will to exert the mandate stated in (UN’s) 17-01 resolution.”
5. Soldiers standing in lines
STORYLINE:
The French transport minister Dominique Perben attended an inauguration ceremony in Damour, Lebanon, on Friday to mark the completion of a bridge constructed by French forces.
His visit comes as France vows to participate in Lebanon’s reconstruction efforts, particularly with regard to temporary bridges and oil cleanup equipment, following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hezbollah in July.
Perben told reporters that France was sending in more troops as part of a UN peace keeping mission and was “ready to participate temporarily, and by request of the United Nations, in the maritime surveillance” of Lebanon’s coast.

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March 13th, 2016 by editor



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French firefighters clashed with police in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, tearing down protective barriers and throwing stones and bottles.

Police lobbed tear gas and used water canons to push back hundreds of firefighters, angry about the results of negotiations with the Interior Ministry on early retirement and other issues.

Two firefighters were slightly injured, one in the head, another in the foot, during the melee that ended more than an hour later.

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March 11th, 2016 by editor



1. Wide exterior of Saint Lazare train station
2. Wide interior of Saint-Lazare station and train platforms
3. Various of travellers looking at train departures information screens
4. Wide of people getting off a train at Saint Lazare station
5. Various of people walking along train platform
6. Pan left of people walking on train platform
7. Close of people walking on train platform
8. People standing at door of train
9. Train leaving Saint-Lazare train station
10. Man reading and waiting on a train platform
11. Wide of empty train platform
12. Wide of a young woman using a Velib bike
13. SOUNDBITE: (French) no name given, Vox pop:
“I am not against their claims in general. Today it is the turn of the civil servants. Today we look at the civil servant’s purchasing power which has dramatically lowered, I think they have the right to go on strike, they have the right to go on strike one day, but they should not block us again for a week. One week is enough, I think, now it is time for the government to make a move and take the right decisions”
14. SOUNDBITE (French) no name given, Vox pop:
“They have their position to defend, but it is us who suffer and we are not responsible. We don’t have to suffer from authorities’ decisions, so it would be good if they could stop.”
15. SOUNDBITE (French) no name given, Israeli citizen, Vox pop:
“I came from Israel two days ago, the country is rather paralysed, grammar school and university teachers have been on strike for six weeks, it is total anarchy, so I come from one anarchy to another one, and it is nice, I feel at home.”
16. Wide of pedestrians and traffic on street.
STORYLINE
Civil servants, from teachers to air traffic controllers, began a mass walkout Tuesday, the seventh day of a transport strike that has wreaked havoc on French rails.
But the government said it would not cede on planned reforms.
Up to half of the country’s teachers could stay off the job in support of higher salaries and job security, officials have said.
Postal and tax services were also affected.
Flight disruptions were expected as air traffic controllers are also civil servants.
National newspapers were absent from the streets on Tuesday as printers and delivery personnel joined the strike.
Though they are not state workers, they used the opportunity to protest against job cuts.
Despite the increased pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy, the government stood firm, with Prime Minister Francois Fillon saying the reforms must go through, even though the rail strikes are costing the country at least 439.6 million (m) US dollars a day.
Budget Minister Eric Woerth told France Inter radio on Tuesday that the strike by public transport workers could have an impact on France’s economic growth if it lasts.
On the streets of Paris on Tuesday, there was some sympathy for the strikers.
“I am not against their claims in general.Today we look at the civil servant’s purchasing power which has dramatically lowered. I think they have the right to go on strike.” said one woman as she set off on a bicycle.
Another Parisian said: “They have their position to defend, but it is us who suffer and we are not responsible.”
Strikes led by train drivers angry over Sarkozy’s plans to raise their retirement age have hampered rail traffic and public transport in Paris for a week.
Simmering student protests that have disrupted classes at dozens of universities added yet another dimension to the angry fallout from Sarkozy’s efforts to jolt France into a more competitive era.
But authorities continued to refuse to meet union demands.
In fact, authorities have backed off slightly from the original government position of no talks during strikes.

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