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 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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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 10th, 2016 by editor



SHOTLIST
Paris, France November 13, 2007
1. Wide of the exterior of Gare St Lazare
2. Wide of passengers looking at the boards inside the station
3. Mid of crowd of people
4. Mid of train arriving at the station and people getting off
5. Wide shot of people walking on platform
6. People looking at poster informing passengers which trains are running and which ones are cancelled
7. SOUNDBITE (French) No Name given, Vox Pop:
“It is not normal that they are doing that to people who work. And they say it will last until Sunday.”
8.SOUNDBITE (French) No Name given, Vox Pop:
“It is quite annoying. I hope it won’t last too long. We’ve organised ourselves for today but tomorrow I don’t know, we’ll see.”
9. Pan people looking at the electronic board
10. Close up of electronic board with a message for passengers that services are severely disrupted because of the strike
11. Various of SNCF staff giving information about traffic to passengers
– SOUNDBITE Yves Davisse, SNCF
“Services are pretty much as we announced, that is to say at Saint Lazare train station there is a train arriving every hour and a train departing every half hour.”
12. Passengers looking at electronic board
13. Wide shot of people waiting for metro in tube station
14. Various shots of people waiting for metro
15. Pan from metro entrance on Champs-Elysee to empty street
16. Traffic on Champs-Elysee with Arc de Triomphe in background
17. Various shots of people riding bicycle
18. Wide shot Champs-Elysee
STORY:
France’s train traffic came to a near-halt on Wednesday morning with the start of open-ended transport strikes leaving commuters delayed in the early hours of the morning.
Trade unions are protesting President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to eliminate special rules that allow train drivers and certain other public service workers to retire early.
The French President insists the rules are outdated, unfair and too costly. Several opinion surveys have suggested that Sarkozy has public support.
Labour leaders have warned the walkout, called to protest Sarkozy’s plans to cut pensions, could last for days or weeks.
In Paris, some of the passengers at Gare St Lazare who trying to get to work complained about the industrial action.
“It is not normal that they are doing that to people who work. And they say it will last until Sunday,” one passenger told AP Television.
SNCF rail network has said only 15 to 20 percent of trains on major lines would run during the strike.
France’s national SNCF train company predicted major disturbances on fast train lines starting Tuesday night.
On Wednesday morning Yves Davisse, from SNCF told AP Television the situation was as predicted.
“Services are pretty much as we announced, that is to say at Saint Lazare train station there is a train arriving every hour and a train departing every half hour,” he said.
The open-ended rail strike started Tuesday night, and Paris transit workers joined the walkout on Wednesday morning.
“It is quite annoying. I hope it won’t last too long,” one women said at Gare San Lazare in Paris, .

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March 6th, 2016 by editor



A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, wounding three people before being subdued by two American passengers. (Aug. 21)

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March 5th, 2016 by editor



1. Exterior of Saint-Lazare train station
2. People inside train station waiting for trains
3. Various of people looking at train information board where notices are pinned announcing that the train schedule is disrupted because of the strike
4. Various of crowds of commuters walking along platforms, having got out of packed trains
6. SOUNDBITE: (French) Vox pop, woman, no name given:
“It is very bad and it is unacceptable. It is not good because it is always us, the people working for the private sector, who are always affected. If they want to bother those in power, they should go straight to the Elysee and go on strike there.”
(Q: Was it worse than yesterday?)
“Yesterday I didn’t go to work, I didn’t go to work. It cost me a day of my holiday allowance, and today I’ve been out since 8 o’clock and I still haven’t arrived at work. So thank you very much to the SNCF and the RATP.”
7. SOUNDBITE: (French) Vox pop, no name given:
“It is normal to defend their social benefits which they have struggled to win. That is normal. On the other hand, it is up to the SNCF to get organised so as to make things as easy as possible (for commuters).”
8. Various of train information board with people looking at it
9. Commuters walking on platform
10. Packed entrance of underground station platform
11. Various people waiting on platform in underground station
12. Man riding bicycle in street
STORY:
Train, metro (underground train) and bus travel around France was still severely disrupted on Friday, as Paris public transport workers continued their strike, and others round the country gradually resumed work, after Thursday’s large-scale strike, the first against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s economic reforms.
The country’s biggest strikes in 12 years, accompanied by nationwide protests on Thursday, made their point – that Sarkozy’s bid to trim coveted worker protections to try to stimulate Europe’s third-largest economy will not be easy.
But many unions agreed to return to work on Friday, and polls indicated only limited public support for the strikes, suggesting little momentum for a lasting, crippling stoppage.
Commuters travelling to work in the capital on Friday expressed their frustrations at the long delays they had experienced.
“It is very bad and it is unacceptable. It is not good because it is always us, the people working for the private sector, who are always affected. If they want to bother those in power, they should go straight to the Elysee and go on strike there,” one woman said angrily.
Another said he understood the reasons for the strike but suggested the unions should organise themselves better in order to ease the pain for people travelling to work.
“It is normal to defend their social benefits which they have struggled to win. That is normal. On the other hand, it is up to the SNCF to get organised so as to make things as easy as possible,” the man said.
Workers for the Paris transit authority continued the strike for a second day on Friday, leaving only about a third of subways, buses and trams functioning at morning rush hour.
Commuters descended on the city’s new rent-a-bike system, roller-bladed, took motorcycle taxis or borrowed their children’s scooters to get to work.
Unions at the national SNCF (La Soci�t� Nationale des Chemins de Fer) rail authority pledged to resume service but warned traffic would remain irregular throughout the day and urged commuters to find alternative transport.
Train services to and from Britain, Belgium and Switzerland were returning to normal on Friday though the SNCF warned of possible delays.

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February 28th, 2016 by editor



1. Tilt down from sign reading ”Gare du Nord”, to man selling scarves with English and South African colours
2. Wide of decorated bus sponsored by British newspaper, The Sun parked outside the Gare du Nord
3. Various of The Sun’s so called ”Page Three Girls” saying (English) “Come on England”
4. Eurostar train from London pulls into Gare du Nord station
5. Close up of Eurostar train from London as it stops in station
6. English rugby fans emerging from train, some wearing English rugby colours
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) English Rugby Fan, no name given:
“England by fifteen.”
8. Passengers leaving station, UPSOUND: (English) Ticket touts:
“Any one need tickets, any tickets for the rugby, any spare tickets for the rugby, I’ll buy any spare ones.”
9. English fans arriving, many wearing rugby colours
10. Passengers walking past camera, UPSOUND: (English) Rugby fan: “Very happy”.
11. Passengers pass by camera, fan chants “England”
12. Passengers leaving train, including a small girl wearing red cowboy hat with English flag
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, English Fan, no name given:
“It’s going to be an England win – it’s going to be.”
14. Man holding sign in French and English saying “Tickets Wanted”
15. Wide of man holding up sign written in French and English: “Tickets Wanted”
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, South African Fan, no name given:
“Hoping for a big win. Big win.”
17. Englishwoman carrying rugby doll
18. English fan with England flag
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, English Fan, no name given:
“I would like to be quietly confident but I think the Springboks could have a few surprises up their sleeve”
20. Man holding sign reading (English) “RWC (Rugby World Cup) Tickets Wanted”
21. Close-up RWC Tickets Wanted
22. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, English Fan, no name given:
“We got to Paris yesterday and they’ll pay about one hundred fifty pounds over the face value of the ticket.”
23. Close up of rose on England rugby team t-shirt
24. Wide of station
25. Tilt down from England flag with the words ”World Champions” written in English to woman wearing England rugby shirt inside bus
26. ”Page Three” girls standing on the top of the bus holding England flag
STORYLINE
Thousands of English rugby fans braved day two of a public transport strike in Paris to reach the French capital one day ahead of Saturday’s rugby world cup final against South Africa.
Greeting the fans emerging from the Eurostar train, outside the Gare du Nord, was a large bus decked out in England’s red and white colours.
The bus was sponsored by British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, who also brought along two of their so called Page Three glamour girls, who chanted, “Go England” from on top the bus.
Many of the fans arriving in Paris were in an upbeat mood and wearing the colours of the England team.
One fan summed up the hopes for the England team, saying ” England by fifteen”, however, others, although confident, felt the Springboks could have a few surprises up their sleeves.
However a South African fan was also equally confident of a win for his side.
“Hoping for a big win. Big win,” he said.
A few fans had other worries though – finding tickets for Saturday’s final.
Some waited patiently on the platform as new England rugby fans arrived, holding signs saying, “tickets wanted, or “any spare tickets?”
Sunday’s Eurostar has been sold out for the return to London.

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