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It is a difficult problem. Should the 'dollar' banana be supreme, allowing the big companies and their stockholders to prosper? Or should we agree to pay more for bananas, as a sort of foreign aid? Direct foreign aid is not a big percentage item in the US budget, unless it is for arms.

Fly the Friendly Skys of Europe

In the bad old days - like last February - if you wanted to go to Ireland from France there were several choices. There are direct ferries from Le Harve to Rosslare, there are also ferries one can take to Britain and ferries to take from there to Dublin. Or, if you are in a hurry, you could fly.

Until 1. April, two airlines connected Roissy to Dublin; Air France and Aer Lingus, and they had mutually agreed-upon... high fares. On April Fool's Day of this year, this situation changed, not just on this route - but I use it because Ireland is way 'out there' and you can hardly walk to it.

I do not know what the exact fares of the two national airlines were - except that there were steep. Round-trip charters to New York and back cost about the same.

Now that anybody can have their own airline and fly anyplace passengers want to go, an Irish hotel and rental-car group is running three round-trip flights a day, from Beauvais to Dublin - currently for 200 francs one-way.

Ryanair says this is a limited-time offer, but since they started the service - the fare has been halved from 400 francs. Hey ho! Air France and Aer Lingus, are you listening?

Yesterday Air France took out a double-page ad in Le Parisien to announce their first profit since 1989. They had a stunning minus of 7.8 billion francs in 1993. With a plus of nearly 400 milion francs at the end of March, maybe Air France can afford to buy a couple of new Concordes - they used a full-page photo of an old one as an illustration for the ad.

Box-Office Millions for Bresson

Some time last week, the four million ticket mark was passed in France by Luc Bresson's new movie, 'Le Cinqième Element.' This makes the film, which some fans are seeing for the second time, a hit.

Gaumont, the distributor, is hoping that sales will surpass 'Independence Day,' which has had 5.6 million in sold seats.

'The Fifth Element' is doing well in the US too, where it has taken in 44 million dollars, a first for a French film director.

These must be 'mega' days for movies because 'Lost Worlds,' the sequel to 'Jurassic Park,' took in 73 million in the US last weekend. Second was 'Independence Day' with 57 million and 'Mission Impossible' was third with 55 million in receipts.

I'm not sure if the Bresson figure was for last weekend only, but if it was, these four movies grossed 229 million dollars over a weekend - counted as three days.

Unsuspended, But Incomplete Sports News

My prediction, last week, of exceessively gloomy weather for the tennis matches at Roland Garros had the negative effect of causing excessively bright, dry and sunny weather. This was shown to good effect on television, by the young American star player, Venus Williams and her glitter costume.

Paris Team Squeaks Into 2nd Place

A week ago, Paris' football team, Paris-Saint-Germain, barely beat Strasbourg to eke out second place in the premier French league, after Monaco - and qualify for the marché at Buci preliminary round of next year's UEFA Cup tournament.

The marché at Buci in the Quartier Latin, long after the good stuff has gone.

PSG and Monaco will go up against the best teams in Europe which form the League of Champions, to battle for the UEFA Cup - which PSG has never won.

Le Parisien warns PSG not to make the same mistake as last year when PSG won the Euro-level Cup of Cups, and immediately fell to pieces.

This summer, the PSG club must get through a preliminary round of games, on 13. And 27. August - against a 'modest' adversary, to be named on 9. July.

For a town as big as Paris, in a country where there is no doubt about the popularity of football, it has always amazed me that the PSG club is far from being a major powerhouse.

One reason it is so lackluster is it has a budget that is in 25th place, so it cannot buy players like Barcelona, Munich, Manchester or Juventus. Local fans simply do not understand why PSG does not have more money to spend of buying top players.

Rugby Championship in Paris

Tonight saw the leaders of the French Rugby league meet in Paris' Parc des Princes - for the last time - to settle the name of this year's league winner. The reason this is the last game here, is because of the new 'Stade de France' to open next year.

Rugby is a fast sport for big tough guys, and these fellows do not seem to grow in the Ile-de-France region. French rugby is big 'down south.' Fans arriving in Paris today, again expressed their annoyance that 'their' championship was to be played in this 'foreign' stadium - the Parc des Princes.

I somehow missed getting the score on account of no other news on Sunday, except for the election variety.


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