Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Paris Isn't Burning: Staff writer Peter Ford, who spent a quiet weekend with friends and family in Paris - going out to dinner, taking walks, and watching his son play rugby in a western suburb - was a little surprised to find that people abroad think he and his neighbors must be cowering in their basements, sheltering from rioters.

"First, I would describe this as sporadic outbursts of violence, rather than rioting," says Peter. "Secondly, almost all the trouble so far has broken out in small pockets of distressed areas where journalists are the only outside visitors. You have to go looking for trouble to find it."

Still, a couple of Peter's foreign friends have had worried phone calls from relatives, wondering if they are safe. And a visitor was a little nervous about taking the airport train to Charles de Gaulle on Saturday: the suburban line runs right through the hot spots, and one train was stoned last week.

* Cabbie Wisdom: It's one of the oldest tricks in the foreign- correspondent book - quoting your cab driver. …

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