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Mon 21 May 2012

The presidential inauguration: EMF at the controls

The presidential inauguration: EMF at the controls

On Tuesday 15th May, François Hollande was officially inaugurated as the President of the French Republic.

Euro Media France was present in 3 of the 5 key locations for this formal day of inauguration.
EMF mobilised close to 80 technicians and 3 OB trucks in order to provide a live international signal for this special day:

  • OB truck XL4 (truck 24) was installed at the Place de l’Etoile to film the moment the new President came up the Champs-Elysées, to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe where François Hollande paid homage to the unknown soldier (a moment of contemplation before lighting the flame). Despite the rain, Gilles Amado filmed this procession with 7 cameras(3 studio cameras, 1 portable camera, 1 wide- angle camera mounted on a 19m Remote Concept crane, and 2 RF cameras on P4- a vehicle provided by the army, the only vehicle allowed to follow the President). A 55m crane was also deployed in order to install the RF aerials whereas Lumex, another subsidiary of Euro Media France, provided the electricity generators. 

  • Early afternoon, OB truck XXL1 (truck 21) located at the Tuileries, filmed the ceremony with 7 cameras (4 studio cameras, 1 portable wide- angle, 1 RF steadycam and 1 Akela crane-mounted Akela –an arm of 25 metres).Director Jérôme Revon filmed the arrival of the new president in front of the Louvre pyramid and then his speech in front of the Jules Ferry statue in honour of the memory of this former minister, symbol of the school of the Republic and of secularism. 3 private cameras completed the ensemble (two for TF1 (1 RF and one wired) and one RF camera for France 2).

  • Finally, OB truck M1 (truck 415) took its place in the rue d’Ulm in the 5th arrondissement of Paris where Fred Godard was able to capture the visit of François Hollande to the ‘Institut de recherche Pierre et Marie Curie’ to honour the Polish physician, who once lived in France and who has since become a character of national pride. In terms of equipment, 6 light cameras covered the new president’s speech whereas a litecam was controlled by France 2.

Big congratulations for this job well done to the Euro Media France teams who braved the wind, rain and hail!