April 4 - A plan to welcome bees onto the roof of the French National Assembly building in Paris takes flight as blue, white and red hives are installed. Tara Cleary reports.
An austere French parliamentary building will soon be a hive of activity. Not because of the politicians inside, but thanks to bees on the roof. Thierry Duroselle of the French Society of Beekeepers says besides honey production, the insects are a great symbol of biodiversity. SOUNDBITE: Thierry Duroselle, President of the French Society of Beekeepers, saying (French): "We think it's a nice opportunity to educate people -- members of the public and politicians -- on the role of bees." Laurence Dumont from the French National Assembly says if the bees produce enough honey it will be donated to visiting school groups or charities. SOUNDBITE: Laurence Dumont, Vice President of the French National Assembly, saying (French): "So, with three hives we aim to produce 100 to 150 kilos of honey a year. So maybe about 800 pots." It's not clear if the queens and their workers will be avid royalists or whether France's state colors painted on their hives will have them humming a nationalist tune.