French Tiananmen comparison regrettable: CNN

29th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 29, 2006 (AFP) - A CNN journalist in Paris on Wednesday described as "regrettable" a comparison made by the US chain's anchor between jobs protests in Paris and the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing.

PARIS, March 29, 2006 (AFP) - A CNN journalist in Paris on Wednesday described as "regrettable" a comparison made by the US chain's anchor between jobs protests in Paris and the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing.

"Unfortunately I have to say that this reference to Tiananmen was regrettable," said Chris Burns during a reception with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

"It was one small comment by a presenter. Apart from that, for anyone watching yesterday's coverage, it was very detailed and very balanced," Burns said.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips mused that images of protesters standing in front of the water cannons in Paris Tuesday brought back memories of Chinese pro-democracy activists who stood in front of tanks during the 1989 rallies in Tiananmen Square.

"We're going to continue to follow the Pentagon briefing, but we just can't ignore these live pictures coming out of France right now," Phillips told viewers. "Sort of brings back memories of Tiananmen Square, when you saw these activists in front of tanks."

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