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The Ghosts of France were the ghosts of French people that have died throughout the country's past.

HistoryEdit

In the late 1880s, Eiffel developed the principles for ectoplasmic entrapment. He secretly built the Eiffel Tower as a primitive but efficient type of ghost containment unit. Ghosts were automatically attracted to and trapped within the Tower's structure. [1] [2] [3] [4] During an afternoon heatwave in the 1980s, the Ghosts of France reappeared and haunted Paris after Eiffel's Control Box inside the Eiffel Tower was accidentally destroyed.

Many ghosts terrorized the people of France. One man asks a man in a period costume if he wants to pose for a picture with his wife, and the ghost answers that he wants them to photograph his good side as his face crumbles off to reveal his skull. When the three men who accidentally damaged the device enter an elevator, they notice that the elevator operator is different from the usual guy. When asked about what happened to him, the new operator turns around and turns into a purple demon, saying that the usual guy is gone. The three men look closer to see that the usual guy has now shrunk and is clutching to the ghost's teeth in fear.

The Ghostbusters are hired and are flown to Paris to investigate and they learn that the Eiffel Tower was actually a primitive Containment Unit. After making a quick calculation, Egon Spengler estimated the Eiffel Tower held a few million ghosts. [5] The Tower was also in danger of exploding in 12 hours if the Ghostbusters didn't capture the ghosts with an alternative means. They temporarily pulled the ghosts into the tower by reversing the polarity of a Proton Pack and connecting it to the control box. [6] While searching for Eiffel's notes at the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, several of the ghosts followed and possessed statues to steal the notes and extend their freedom.

The ghosts were eventually imprisoned in the Ghostbusters' Containment Unit via satellites connected to the Proton Packs tuned to 20,000 Mega Hertz and Eiffel's control box. [7] The Ghostbusters' cable provider sued them for the broadcast. The amount came out to be what they were paid by the French government.

TriviaEdit

  • In the first draft the ghosts described are
    • From the Belle Epoque (1871-1914) [8]
    • From the French Revolution [9] [10]
    • Spider Gnomes [11]
    • Headless Dwarves dressed like aristocrats [12]
    • Mean-faced Giants with toothy mouths and spindly legs [13]
    • From World War One [14]
  • Several ghosts were cut from the episode [15]
    • Catwoman
    • Animated Garbage Can
    • 1920s French Coupe
    • Cannonball Ghost
  • On page 15, panel 4, of Ghostbusters International #4, on the television, the trapped elevator operator from the start of "The Ghostbusters in Paris" makes a non-canon cameo.
  • On page eight of Ghostbusters International #5, the Anubis statue makes a non-canon cameo as an exhibit.

AppearancesEdit

The Real Ghostbusters

ReferencesEdit

  1. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 11:56-12:03). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Gentlemen, we are standing atop the world's largest ghost containment unit ever built and it's getting ready to explode."
  2. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 12:18-12:27). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "As incredible as it may seem, it would appear Monsieur Eiffel had already developed the principles of modern ectoplasmic entrapment by the late 1880s."
  3. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 12:33-12:40). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "He built this tower as a primitive but efficient type of ghost containment unit. The ghosts are automatically attracted to and trapped in the tower's very structure."
  4. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 12:57-13:06). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Until it was broken, this box was the control for molecularily bonding the ghosts to the tower. When it was damaged, the tower became psionically porous and the most aggressive ghosts could escape."
  5. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 13:24-13:28). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Given France's history... contrasting with ghosts per capita... a few million."
  6. Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 13:39-13:46). Time Life Entertainment. Ray says: "Easy. We'll attach one of our reverse polarity Proton Packs to the system and it will temporarily pull the ghosts back to the tower."
  7. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Ghostbusters in Paris" (1987) (DVD ts. 20:12-20:16). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "The packs are hooked up to Eiffel's machine and tuned to 20,000 Mega Hertz."
  8. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 4. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  9. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 5. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  10. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 14. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  11. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 13. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  12. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 14. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  13. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 14. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  14. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 17. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  15. Lofficier, Randy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume Two Disc Five, "The Ghostbusters in Paris" Script p. 32-37. CPT Holdings, Inc.


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