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Some producers put the date the egg was actually laid on the package. If they put on a phoney date and get caught, they face two months in jail and a fine of 50,000 francs.

Conclusion: if you absolutely must have fresh eggs while you are in Paris, be sure to read last week's Metropole to find out where you can get fresh chickens.

'My' Clint Eastwood has had a Voice Change

Foreign films shown in France are generally 'dubbed' into French. For general distribution, the original sound track - 'voice' track to be precise - is replaced by one in French, spoken by French actors and actresses. This is quite exacting work, because the new voice has to synchronize as closely as possible with the screen images.

From October 1995 to January 1996 the people who do this in France were on strike, and this made some rich moguls angry and some of these people are on a 'black list' and have since had no work. The existence of the 'black list' is denied, and it is also suggested that the replacements hired during the strike, could not be 'fired' merely because the strike is over.

For French film fans this has resulted in hearing a lot of their favorite foreign film stars suddenly House in Sevres sprout new voices. For some obscure reason, Clint Eastwood's regular dubber got a holiday for the job on the 'Bridges of Madison County,' and his fans came out of the cinemas wondering who they had paid to hear.

The other side of the coin is the fact that the good 'voices' often do many actors; the same 'voice' did John Travolta, Nick Nolte, Tom Waits (!), and Mickey Rourke. This particular 'voice' did 70 to 100 films a year, but since the strike has done none. So these actors all have new 'voices' now and the old 'voice' has to sell his furniture.

An old house on the avenue de l'Europe in Sévres.

The dubbers wanted a piece of the 'rights' and went on strike for it. It is claimed that dubbed films account for 87 percent of French cinema receipts, and the claim that French dubbers are good, is one I can agree with. Whether they should be 'stars' or not, is another question. Whether the ex-strikers should be on a 'black list,' is out of the question.

I'll have to think over carefully whether listening to the next Bruce Willis movie in French will be an anti-labor act.

The Public's Choice for 50th Cannes

For the day of the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, Sunday, 11. May, an election was conducted by Minitel, from 10. to 20. April - from a selection of 20 winning films.

For a French film, the public gave the most votes to 'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Frederico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' was voted best foreign film. Cinema operators voted for Robert Altman's 'Mash' as their favorite. The three films will be shown in 100 cinemas throughout France on the day of the anniversary.

Paranoia in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Armani has taken over the place of the Drugstore, the bookstore Le Divan has been sold by its owners, the publisher Gallimard, to Christian Dior, and the citizens of Saint-Germain are up in arms against the thread merchants.

The owner of an antique shop, who had her rent quadrupled by the city, did a survey street by street, and discovered that 22 shops selling textiles had replaced art galleries, bookshops and antique stores. She is appealing the rent hike.

The fear is, that as the population of this left-bank quarter becomes more middle-class, right-bank boutiques will attempt to set up shop to be closer to these potential customers. The city of Paris seems to play a role here as it appears to be the principal landlord and is not hesitating to raise rents - to levels that low-margin shops dealing in cultural goods can not support.

A large number of art, theatre, music, film, and literary figures still live in and around Saint-Germain and they are resolutely against this development. There is a neighborhood association, and it is calling for the creation of a special category of protection: a 'national label of shops with a cultural utility' - a sort of historic monument status.

Although not a resident, Juilette Greco is on the scene, as are Charles Aznavour, Laurent Terzieff, César, Carlos - but Catherine Deneuve failed to show up at a recent meeting at the Nesle Gallery.

René Monory, Président of the nearby Sénat did appear. He came to support his cabinet director, Jean-Dominique Giuliani, also a centrist council member of the sixth arrondissement, and the instigator of the local association.

Especially on the boulevard, I always thought there were a lot of clothing shops - but I never saw the boulevard in the old days. Unless you are blind, you can't miss the Armani development at the corner of the rue de Rennes - there is a textile shield hiding the renovations going on behind. It is about six stories high and it has a big logo on it.

You can not help but see it from in front of the church, but if you sit at the very rear in the Deux Magots it might not be visible, but I'm not sure.

No Sports News Again

Due to not watching any TV-news except for election video-clips, there is no new Sports News this week.


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