FRANCE: FRENCH ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP BREAKS WORLD RECORD FOR CLEARING GARBAGE FROM SEA BED.
- Title: FRANCE: FRENCH ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP BREAKS WORLD RECORD FOR CLEARING GARBAGE FROM SEA BED.
- Date: 16th April 1997
- Summary: CAP D'ANTIBES, SOUTHERN FRANCE (APRIL 16, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/PAN: DIVERS GETTING PREPARED/ SHORELINE 0.19 2. MV: ONE DIVER ENTERING WATER 0.29 3. GV/MV: UNDERWATER, DIVERS COLLECTING RUBBISH INCLUDING CAR BATTERIES (3 SHOTS) 0.54 4. MV: DIVERS PUTTING RUBBISH ON RAFT 1.02 5. MV/MCU: PEOPLE TAKING RUBBISH UP ONTO BEACH/ CLOSE UP BATTERIES ON SHORE (2 SHOTS) 1.16 6. MCU: HERVE GUITARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP AVENIR MEDITERRANEE SAYING WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE SITUATION KNOWN TO THE ORGANISATION WHICH GIVES OUT THE EUROPEAN "BLUE FLAGS" (FOR CLEAN BEACHES), FOR THEM TO BE INTEGRATED IN THE BLUE FLAG SCHEME THE BEACHES NEED TO BE CLEANED UP, BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT CAP D'ANTIBES, MONACO, ST TROPEZ, THEY HAVE GOT THE BLUE FLAG BUT IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IT SEEMS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD (FRENCH) 1.37 7. MV: VIEWS OF RUBBISH THAT HAS BEEN COLLECTED FROM UNDERWATER ON THE BEACH (2 SHOTS) 1.48 8. GV: FIVE DIVERS ON BEACH 1.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE
- Duration: 00:01:56
- Story Text: INTRO: A French environmental group has set a world record for picking up garbage from the sea bed off the coast of one of France's most luxurious resorts.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- In just one hour and only yards from the exclusive Cap D'Antibes beach, the divers of the Avenir Mediterranee group recovered an old boat, tyres, gas canisters, batteries and bottles.
The area is one of the most famous and luxurious stretches of the French Riviera. Millions of people flock from all over Europe to the area during the hot summer months.
Activist Herve Guitard, who led the five-member team to clean up the 200 square metre stretch of sea bed, said the action was taken to alert the authorities to the state of what are purported to be some of the finest beaches in France.
"It's a world record and our action was taken to sensitise the population and the local authorities to the problem.
A local bailiff was on hand to dress an inventory of the rubbish that was scraped up from under the waves.
Guitard said that all the plush resorts of the French Riviera like Cannes, Nice, Antibes, Monaco and St Tropez all had the 'blue flag' that attested to the quality of their beach and water.
"But when you look at what's actually under the water, you realise that it's a joke," Guitard added.
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