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Subject: Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 15:02:09 -0700
References: <v04210100b54ea2e52c84@[]> <v03007800b54f5351aedc@[]>

Christer Almqvist wrote:
> >
> >Laurent SAMINADAYAR wrote, in part:
> >
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> in France, for a reason I could not conceive, photography is
> >> forbidden in public palces (railways satation for example). But you
> >> can ask for an authorization at the proper service of Paris mayor.
> I don't think a railway station is a public place. It is private property.
> In France the owner  of  railway stations is SNCF (Societe National de
> Chemins de Fer). SNCF can tell you what you can do  and what you can not
> do on their property, just like you can tell people what to do / not do in
> your back yard. I guess SNCF argues that if you do not like what they say,
> then stay away from their property.
> Did you read/see The Day of the Jackal written by Frederic Forsyte? Perhaps
> that inspired the no tripod ruling. If Forsyte had thought of tripods
> instead of crutches, then the Jackal would have had three shots .........
> and history might have changed!

Those damn tripods!
Here in the usa we have shoppoing Malls where they have to let anyone  pass out
their leaflets!
I just thought the whole French thing would have been pro tripod.
The whole country is Tri this or Tri that....
"All Gaul is divided into three parts"
Liberty, equality, fraternity,
Red white and blue.
I bet the French INVENTED the tripod.
MY TRIPODS ARE FRENCH!  Every single last Gitzo one of them. Make that Three of
them! 3x3 equals 9!!!
(and my new Magnesium Centre Ball Head is Gitzo!)
The only darn French gear I own!
The only darn French gear they make! Niépce would roll over in his grave! So
would Daguerre! 
Yet this whole photography thing is darn French!
Mark (time to hit the showers) Rabiner
O yes my Balcar pack was made in France. I keep thinking of it as my Beldar pack!
"My name is Beldar! I am from..... France!"

In reply to: Message from Laurent SAMINADAYAR <> ([Leica] Paris & Tripod)
Message from Christer Almqvist <> (Re: [Leica] Paris & Tripod)