Today sees the anniversary of the end of World War II, one of the most horrible moment of human history. Good time for a rememberance, and we have to, in order that never happens again. Searching into French broadcasting archives from the INA, I found an old newsreel , an "Actualité" as it was called at the time, about the ways of transporting, commuting and so on, inside Paris, occupied by the Nazis and afflicted through rationing... Newsreel controlled by Nazi board of censors and collaborating Vichy French government. We are in October 1940 (link to coy and paste):
The voice over says:
"Petrol became precious: we have to save it. In the Halles district, the queen is handcart. Thus, Paris is deprived of its usual ways of transports, but there is no more ingenious and resourceful than the Parisian.
Imagination helping, miscellaneous vehicles have grown. Automobile parkings have become democratic bicycle sheds. Even the old stagecoaches from our childhood show a new fashion.
This new type of rickshaw-taxi is also very popular. Fortunately, fare price is proportional to the client's weight..."
Néanmoins, si l'Occupation et la Seconde Guerre Mondiale ne sont plus que de mauvais souvenirs, l'imagination est toujours là, mais pour des moyens de transport citoyens et écologiques.
Nevertheless, if World War II and Nazi Occupation are bad memories, imagination is still there, but for ecological and civic-gesture ways of transport.
Transport de touristes / Tourists transport:
Coursier à vélo / Bike messenger:
Livreur à vélo / Bicycle delivery:
Et le Vélib / And the Velib: