Sunday, 17 October 2010

Paris and I ~ 'France Goes Off The Rails'

iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ France Goes Off The Rails ~

Another train pic i'm afraid, but my mind's been a bit preoccupied with these strikes recently, and today i was in a worrying situation and need to offload it.

Line E of the RER, which is the newest of the fast lines which cross Paris, isn't always the nicest. The train had finally got going and was nearing its destination, when some jokers decided to start pulling the emergency lever, for 'fun' i believe.

Could they possibly be so stupid as to pull the lever of the train they wanted to continue on..? This wasn't clear, but after the obligatory 10-minute wait we set off again, only for the same thing to happen at the next stop.

The driver had had enough, and terminated the train there, which only raised tensions even more. This is against a background of burning schools and cars and there are those, officially known as 'casseurs' (breakers) who love an excuse to destroy things. The situation is rapidly degenerating, i felt like i was sitting in a powder keg earlier, with sparks all around me, and it's anyone's guess as to what will happen next.

(A Paris iPhone street photograph by Sab Will for the 'Paris and I' photo blog)

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