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Dc: The world was watching last week as the drama of little Elliot
Gunderson crossed an important watershed. French police posing as tourists
surrounded little Elliot and his Paris relatives at a charming outdoor
café, and recklessly brandishing their point and shoot cameras,
the police shepherded Elliot into a waiting transport which whisked
him away to a reunion with his father at Euro Disney.
Brick: Disgruntled Parisians filled the streets today, muttering to
themselves about the complete absence of even a shred of elegance or
fun in American culture. In that sense, it was a day like any other.
(sfx: milling crowd)
Disgruntled French woman: They put a baseball cap on his head and pushed him into the bus like he was a member of some sightseeing group! I saw the fear on his face. Perhaps he thought he was going to the Eiffel Tower again! He was humiliated.
Disgruntled French man: I saw Elliot removed from the café by force a croissant was left sitting on the table! They took him during a meal! That is an insult!
(sfx: crowd out)
Brick: Elliot Gunderson's Paris relatives have lodged a formal protest with the American embassy. The couple, Tom and Patty Gunderson, were particularly upset once they learned about the plans for reuniting the boy with his father.
(sfx: café w/ accordion in bg)
Tom: The idea of taking that child to Euro Disney!
Patty: He doesn't know what that's about! We've spent months treating him to French culture. He hungers for subtlety! Style!
Tom: He's been to the Paris Opera. And the Louvre.
Patty: And that Jerry Lewis film festival!
Tom: The boy knows art.
Patty: He'll be traumatized by the saccharine, empty abominations of the whole Euro Disney milieu!
Brick: But in the pictures released by the American embassy Elliot seems to be having fun.
Tom: No, no, no! In the one with Goofy, I can see confusion on Elliot's face. True, Goofy doesn't speak but Elliot knows he is not a REAL mime.
Patty: And they won't let us visit! The efforts to set up a meeting they weren't serious. (choking up) They wanted us to come to to come to McDonald's! (weeping)
Tom: This is child abuse!
(sfx: café w/ accordion out)
Brick: But there is also some civility on display in this otherwise
edgy and bleak confrontation. As a courtesy, Elliot's father, Michael
Gunderson, has agreed to not attempt to leave France until the nation's
truckers have had a chance to strike during the boy's stay.