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There was a general and confused brawl with the tiny Peulvast pinned against a wall, trying to fend off an enraged Le Pen. One photo in Saturday's Le Parisien clearly A2 TV LePen at Mantes shows a metal truncheon in the hand of a bodyguard, as an anti-Le Pen demonstrator is attacked.

Le Pen, in white shirt, has Annette Peulvast pinned to wall in Mantes.

For the following hour Le Pen was followed through the centre of town by booing demonstrators, who he didn't hesitate to charge towards. Finally he took refuge in a café with its metal shutter rolled down; and the demonstrators threw stones and eggs at it for about 20 minutes.

The mayor of Mantes reportedly said, "Le Pen is a lout, everyone knows; but the socialist candidate shouldn't have been there - it was a provocation on her part."

Annette Peulvast's comment was that she had been there by accident, not design, and that the mayor was losing his cool.

In the afternoon everybody went to the police station and laid charges against Le Pen for assault and a doctor prescribed three days of sick leave for Annette Peulvast. Le Pen announced on Friday evening he was going to prefer charges against the deputy perfect of Mantes-la-Jolie, presumably for not keeping his mouth shut.

Radio France Info apparently broadcast an interview with the deputy prefect, Michel Schmidt de la Brelie, who said in part, "Le Pen's bodyguards were extremely brutal in action," and that Le Pen had "shot first." This, anyone could see on the TV-news report.

Marie-Caroline Le Pen was fined 5,000 francs earlier in the week for slandering Annette Peulvast.

Last night Annette Peulvast got about 40 percent of the vote in Mantes-la-Jolie, Pierre Bédier of the RPR came in second and Marie-Caroline Le Pen came last, with about 24 percent.

Headlines of the Week:

Libération on Tuesday: 'Chirac Dissout Juppé'

Le Parisien on Tuesday: 'Chirac Dissout Juppé'

Now the Movie - Nirvana

There are not a lot of great new posters around town so I gave in and took a shot of a movie poster as one of this rue Grégoire de Tours week's two posters. The name of the movie seemed vaguely familiar - 'Nirvana' - but I assure readers it has nothing to do with the Seattle 'grunge' band of the same name.

The rue Grégoire de Tours in Quartier Latin, near Buci.

This 'Nirvana' takes Christophe Lambert to the year 2005, and it seems as it has a science-fiction video-game theme with computer viruses thrown in for movie fans who may be 'geeks.' Le Parisien's critic gives it three stars, but his description of it won't get me to fork over any bread for the popcorn.

The 80-minute Franco-Italian production was directed by Gabrielle Salvatores and also stars Diego Abatantuono and Sergio Rubini, and started in Paris on Wednesday.

Coming Events:

After paying extra attention to this section the past few weeks, I find that I've run out of current 'new' events. In addition I have most of what I need for future events, but they are too far off.

The 'art' event of this season is the show at Beaubourg and there have been a number of articles about it in the press sufficiently contradictory to incite me to go. Therefore I repeat last week's 'Coming Event,' which is on now:

Fernand Léger - Exposition Rétrospective

Homage to the rich and lively personality of an artist, who took part in the major changes of his time; whose bold pictorial vision was of modernity itself - illustrated by 200 works, both paintings and designs.

Centre Georges Pompidou
Plateau Beaubourg, Paris 4. Info Tel.: 01 44 78 12 33. Until Monday, 29. September. Open from noon to 22:00 weekdays, from 10:00 to 22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Always closed on Tuesdays.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.15 - 3. June 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' -Green and Gentle Land - France?; and 'Au Bistro' - Where's the Money? Articles in the issue were: In the Pit of Le Forum des Halles: Le Mall - This is Paris Life? and Le Mall as Marché - Handily Wins 'Do the Right Thing' Prize; and Sunshine in the rue Montorgueil - La Rue is Paris' Life. The eMail was from Nigel White and he wanted to know if La Palette is still open. Plus the week's Paris Posters and Ric's Cartoon of the Week.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 943 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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