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In the sunlight, crisp grasslands are about to be buried by mines. Facing the dust from rumbling mining machines, herders dwelling nearby have no choice but to keep their distance.
In the moonlight, at the incandescent iron mine, a drill operator enduring his task struggles to overcome drowsiness. Meanwhile, at the coal mountain, a ghostly crowd hastens to sort coal from rock.
An endless chain of trucks transports the coal and ore to factories, where another crew toils amid the heat of molten iron, like penitents in hell.
In a hospital, for veteran miners who have inhaled coal dust for years, each day drags on forever even as death is already in sight.
Through these successive labors, we have destroyed a genuine paradise, while the material we create is carried off to construct a useless, fruitless counterfeit paradise.
The sharing of roles between the President of the Republic and his Prime Minister has always been complex under the Fifth Republic. Between 1958 and 2012, France had seven presidents and 19 prime ministers. Having an executive power with two heads sometimes gives the impression that there is great cohesion, although at times it is painstaking. The film looks at the balance of powers by closely looking at people and how they function in emblematic pairs.
Number 36, Quai des Orfèvres in Paris is the address for the headquarters of the criminal investigations police, and is referred to only by its address. No.36 leaves an impression when mentioned in detective novels and is frequently mentioned in the press. But police services will leave the heart of Paris and move a less central location in Paris, the Batignolles neigbourhood in the 17th district. The big move has been planned for 2015. This will mark the closing of a venue that has fed the imagination of generations and the end of an era. Three "top cops", people who ran No. 36, have written their memoirs. This compelling story is recounted by a woman and two men, who are familiar with every detail of the major cases that have contributed to the renown of No. 36, among them Mesrine, Merah, Guy Georges, and the gang called the Barbarians.
From 1981 to date there have been 17 justice ministers at the head of the French Justice system. Almost all of them are still among us and ready to tell us about a thirty-year period in one of the most criticised positions in government. This two-part documentary gets behind the Ministry’s facade ; former ministers share their emotions and describe important decisions and their failures. Explained in the first person, the major areas of concern are brought to the fore (the fight against crime, the security-liberties dilemma and the juvenile justice system as well as the disruptive effects of major crime stories). These concerns are constant preoccupations for the judicial system and the media, and are linked to something that is profoundly symbolic to everyone: the quest for justice.