1. Wide shot of fire trucks and firemen outside of a state financial institution in Montparnasse district of Paris
2. Police, firemen and rescue workers wearing biohazard suits outside building
3. Firemen and rescue working putting on the suits before entering building pan to tape being wrapped around man's boot
4. More firemen outside of their trucks
5. Close up of police badge
6. Wide of police and rescue workers
7. Pan from firemen to rescue uniform on the ground and oxygen tank
8. Firemen discussing the situation
9. Firemen taping off the entry to the site
10. More firemen outside building
11. Push into one of the hospital that received anthrax scare patients
12. Interior shots of hospital
13. Wide shot French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner at Ministry of Health presser
14. Pull out from Kouchner's shadow to minister speaking
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Bernard Kouchner, French Health Minister:
"They have been in contact with some white powder received by a letter that was supposed to be in an envelope and they went to the hospital. Thirty four people in Paris, not only the persons but their surroundings. And on thirty four people, twelve are still hospitalised and they received a treatment, antibiotic treatment but for the moment there is no, identified case of anthrax in France, in my country."
French police evacuated 600 people from the offices of the French Space Agency and dozens of others at a financial institution, a school and a tax collection office in four separate scares Monday involving a suspicious powder arriving in the mail.
A central police laboratory was examining the powder discovered at all four sites, police officials said, and those who had touched the suspicious letters were taken to hospitals.
French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner said 55 people in France were placed under observation after having been exposed to powder received by mail, but so far, no cases of anthrax have been diagnosed.
The scares came as nations across the globe were reporting false or pending anthrax cases, and many were taking precautions, after a dozen people in the United States were either infected or exposed to anthrax.
At the French Space Agency in Essonne, a suburb about 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of Paris, was evacuated when an employee received a letter containing a suspicious powder.
Rescue workers also evacuated employees from a branch of the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, a financial institution in southern Paris, after a similar incident.
The two other two sites affected were the College de France, one of France's most prestigious institutions of higher education, and a tax collection office, also in southern Paris.
Thirty-four people were taken to hospitals for observation, the health minister told a news conference, but by late Monday, only 12 were still hospitalized.