...Continued from page 1

Apparently this decree is not in wide circulation and it is difficult to understand. According to today's Le Parisien, every firearm other than single-shot shotguns, must be registered with the appropriate authorities, or the owner will risk a 10,000 franc fine and confiscation of the weapon. Different types of firearms require registration at different levels of authority and for minors, all arms are forbidden, regardless of whether they shoot bullets, pellets, blanks, or plastic balls - and a much more recent decree prohibits even plastic replicas. The carrying of any kind of handgun is also forbidden.

While I was in the shop I asked about the pre-decree rules, and they seemed strict enough. For a pistol, you would have had to belong to a recognized club and you needed a police permit before you could even purchase a handgun. Apparently, about 10 million French residents possess weapons, and the majority of them will have to be registered now to be legal - all except for the smooth-bore single-shot shotguns with barrels not shorter than 60 cms.

Good News

Pickpockets are the authors of the vast majority of crimes committed in the tunnels of the Métro, and the RATP has just announced a reduction of all crime for 1995 of 18.74 percent. In the first three months of this year, the reduction has averaged about 20 percent. I am glad to hear this because I was wondering why the public announcement system at Métro station Franklin Roosevelt was warning passengers about pickpockets on Tuesday and Wednesday as I rode through - in French, English, and I think, in Italian. I heard no other similar announcements in any other station - from La Défense to Bastille, from Gare du Nord to the Porte de Versailles. As a cynical old soft-boiled ex-detective, I would now bet that you might have a pickpocket bump into you - in any station other than Franklin Roosevelt.

Some Things to See

Exposition - L'Aventure du Fer - Iron and mineral, illustrations and sculpture, new and ancient; on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, daily from 9:30 to 23:00. (See last week's Metropole 'Posters')

Exposition - Les Russes à Paris au XIX Siècle - A portrait of Paris' Russian community in the 19th century; paintings and illustrations - from 10:00 to 17:40, closed Mondays and holidays; at the Musée Carnavalet, 23, rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Tel. 42 72 21 13.

Exposition - Voyage en Coquillages (Oysters!) - Relations between man and four types of shellfish - from 10:00 to noon and from 13:15 to 17:30 weekdays and from 10:00 to 17:30 on weekends. Closed Mondays and holidays. At the Institut Océanographique - Centre de la Mer et des Eaux, 195, rue Saint-Jacques, Paris 5. Tel. 46 33 08 61.

Floating Exposition - Ports en Ile-de-France - organized by the Paris Port Authority. From 10:00 to 20:00, on 3-4-5. May and 11-12. May. No entry charge. Quai Malaquais: and from 3. May to 23. June. I do not have a telephone number for this; call the PTO - in French, 49 52 53 55; in English, 49 52 53 56; in German, 49 52 53 57; and in Japanese, 49 52 53 58.

Salons d'Art - D'Anvers aux Abbesses: Points d'Art - Open doors at galeries and artist's ateliers on Montmartre. Until Sunday, 12. May, from 18:00 to 21:00; and 15:00 to 20:00 weekends and holidays.

Rock - Tina Turner, with Bruce Willis - until Sunday, 5. May, at Bercy. Tel. 44 68 44 68 for info, but probably sold out long long ago.

Revue - Nina Stromboli ou le Demon de Midi - by the Magic Circus Old Star Revue in 15 tableaux by Jerome Savary. From 3. May to 12. July, at 20:30 plus 16:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the Theatre National de Chaillot at Trocadéro. Tel. 47 27 81 15.

Gardens of Paris - The City of Paris and the Paris Tourist Office have a new offer of afternoon tours of Paris parks and gardens, under the direction of Paris' parks and gardens administration. The tours will begin in July, and revolve around four themes. The tours last from about 13:30 to 18:30, transport is supplied, and the cost is 130 francs for adults and 110 francs for children. For more information and reservations phone the Paris Tourist Office at (1) 49 52 53 53 or write to them at 127, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris.

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini