Gaul reacts to Anthrax

EuroDisney, others step up postal security

PARIS — Paris-based media congloms, broadcasters and news orgs have had mixed reactions to the mounting number of U.S. anthrax cases and the myriad false alarms throughout Europe.

While some corporations have upped precautionary procedures significantly in the past two days, especially with regard to incoming mail, others have stuck with measures put into effect after Sept. 11.

Monique Amaudry, VP of corporate communications for Disney Europe, told Daily Variety on Wednesday that Disney has instituted new mail delivery procedures, making sure that every piece of mail distributed throughout the organization is completely identifiable.

Disney is working closely with French authorities, according to Amaudry. “Our position in light of the recent anthrax outbreaks is to do everything possible to move our mail through our organization in a safe and efficient manner.”

Agence France Press editor-in-chief Luis Torres told Daily Variety Wednesday that the agency has doubled its security, specifically with regard to mail delivery and the delivery of packages.

Standing pat

At French broadcaster TF1’s new service, no additional security measures were implemented after the anthrax outbreaks and scares.

No heightened security at Gallic broadcaster France 2 either.

Though over 50 people have been hospitalized as a cautionary measure after coming into contact with white powder arriving through the mail at venues around France, all have been released unharmed and none of the powder has contained the disease.

All of the European anthrax scares have been labeled hoaxes by authorities.

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