Welcome to Metropole - Again

by Ric Erickson

Number 1.14 - Metropole Paris, Monday, 27. May 1996:- For new readers, a bit of background: I started more or less 'live' reporting from Paris, more or less by accident - in March of 1995, when Norman Barth accepted a report on Paris' Salon de Livre for his much praised, 'The Paris Pages / Les Pages de Paris,' now to be found at the URL, http://www.paris.org/ From the first report until January of this year, Norman put about 80 or 90 of my 'almost live' reports from Paris on his site.

At a meeting in Paris in January, we decided that 'Ric's Paris Reports' would continue in an expanded, magazine format, at its own Web site. This was followed by muddle and confusion and 13 issues of Metropole - not 'zero' numbers! - and long story shortened, here we are today.

The editorial idea of Metropole Paris, is to offer to readers, who are interested in Paris - for whatever reason - stories and reports 'from the street.' We report on what Parisians are doing and saying, and we do a bit of 'between the lines' interpretation. The people who live here already know most of this 'news' - so we try to restrict ourselves to items that will be of interest to non-residents; that is, travellers and visitors. (See the following item.)

All of Metropole's reports are 'date-lined.' Although the report itself may have been written a few days after the actual reporting, the reports always represent the date in question. If the story is important enough, it will be put online immediately without waiting for the weekly publication date: Monday. The vast majority of images and photos accompanying the reports, are shot on the day of the reporting - although we do use occasional photos from our own archives.

Metropole is a big adventure for us. Although I have lived in the Paris region for over 20 years, this is the first opportunity I've had to get out and get a look at the place - so many of the subjects of the reporting are as new to me as they might be to you. We hope that the information in Metropole is useful, and perhaps even entertaining. From myself and Tony Grant: Welcome to Metropole.

Confrontation Between the Mgt and Labor

The night-shift workers at the Tour Eiffel shut down the monument for a few days last week, but some visitors were reported to be gaining the summit via the freight elevator. As this was a spontaneous labor action over a local dispute, it was impossible to predict its comprehensiveness or duration. It appears as if everbody is back at work now.

In mid-June, the French government is set to meet to decide on policies for a wide range of social-economic issues. In order to influence the government, all major labor unions are planning marches and demonstrations between now and then. If these actions appear to have any consequences for the travel plans of travellers and visitors to Paris, Metropole will attempt to provide up-to-date reports of the situation in Paris. Since the modern global transport network can be disrupted by incidents further away, we will be keeping a watch on all events that may affect arrivals to and departures from Paris.

Coming Events:

Comics Auction

Original comics will be auctioned on Wednesday, 29. May, at the Drouot-Richelieu auction rooms. The late '70s and early '80s saw the bloom of the adult comic book in France, and this period is now considered to have been a 'Golden Age' by collectors. The sales will be lead by Fredéric Bosser, who might be offering early editions of 'Pilote,' featuring Blueberry or Astérix. Original pages, designs, posters as well as comic books and albums will be on auction. The objects can be viewed from 11:00 to 18:00, and the auction itself starts at 20:00 the same day. Info tel.: 47 70 81 36. Drouot-Richelieu, 9. Rue Drouot, Paris 9. Métro Drouot-Richelieu. General info, tel.: 48 00 20 20.

Antique Book Fair

The 8th International Antique Book Fair starts next Thursday, 30. May and runs through to Sunday, 2. June. The theme of this year's fair will be Illustrated Books of the 19th Century. There will be 80 French and foreign exhibitors showing some 20,000 books, lithos, stamps and autographs. On Thursday from 17:00 to 21:00, on Friday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00. This sale can be found at the Maison de la Mutualité, 24. Rue Saint-Victor, Paris 5. Métro Maubert-Mutualité or Cardinal Lemoine.


The French Open starts today in Rolland Garros and continues through to the 9th of June.

Results etc. at: http://www.france2.fr/rgarros.htm in French only.

The usual couple of URLs:

In France: Le Village : http://www.webconcept.fr/ (Avatars - be prepared to download 'helper' software.)

In Germany: WebMuseum: http://www.rz-berlin.mpg.de:80/wm/


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