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France has been treading a delicate line throughout the crisis sparked by Baghdad's refusal to allow UN inspectors unfettered access in verifying whether Iraq is making weapons of mass destruction.

But Paris has been clearly frustrated by Saddam's refusal to allow full UN inspections, including presidential sites in Iraq which experts suspect could house weapons plants.

For the complete report, see The Toqueville Connection. In the same issue:

The Toqueville Connection also asks Will the Working Work Less? As the government honored an election promise to cut working hours, conservative politicians and industrialists joined forces to denounce the legislation. The new laws were passed by the Assembly National on Friday night - see this week's Metropole Paris 'Au Bistro' column.

La Vocaliste en Carton

Apparently, 'L'Orphéon' is some sort of singing quartet, which also has some unusual instruments which may be musical. The description of what the effect may be is somewhat extravagant, so I'm not sure I'd want Opera Comique 'L'Orpheon' to hear this if I was suicidally depressive - if it doesn't live up to its 'blurb' I might be compelled to 'end it all.'

Emmanuel Hussenot, founder of the group, is also the son of his father, Olivier, and since 1946, the Frères Jacques make, with this aforenamed father, 'good company' as some sort of insane chorus. This is according to Jean-Claude Hemmerlin - who I have never heard of.

If you have a hard time singing without teeth, try it without a head.

Possibly at La Pépinière - Opéra - Théâtre Musical. Possibly located at 7. rue Louis Le Grand, Paris 2. Métro: Opéra. On daily at 21:00 except for the usual closed days, until Sunday, 22. February. Info and Resa - Tel.: 01 42 61 44 16. Don't bother to write me if this doesn't work out.

Féeries d'Opéra

There is a Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra, and starting Friday, 13. February, there will be an exhibition of models of opera scenery, costumes and decors. These date from the 18th century and were conserved at the Château de Chambord.

Most of the models on show date from the period of 1757 to 1761, for operas from LullyBN - 'Feeries d'Opera' to Rameau. Also on show are documents from the Bibliothèque Nationale, from the Musée Carnavalet, and from the museums of art and history at La Rochelle. Some of the costumes date back to 1645. A catalogue is available.

Just when I'm looking for Dreamland, the B.N. sends me some.

Féeries d'Opéra - on view until Sunday, 26. April.
Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra
Place de l'Opéra, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra.
Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Entry charge is 30 francs and reduced, 18 francs. The entry fee includes a visit to the Opéra as well. Info. Tel.: 01 47 42 07 02.

Only Until Sunday, 15. February:

The Musée d'Art Juif de Paris is celebrating an anniversary; its 50th. There is still time to see this exhibition - which displays the museum's activities as well as its collection of religious objects and popular art, mostly from eastern Europe, the Middle-East and north Africa.

After this show closes, the collection will be transferred to the Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme, which will be located in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. rue du Temple, which is a block west of the Musée de l'Histoire de France.

The Issac Strauss Collection, currently at the National Museum of the Middle Ages - Cluny - will join the above collection at the new museum, when it opens later this year.

The present exhibition is at the Musée d'Art Juif and it is located at 42. rue des Saules, on Montmartre, which is Paris 18. Métro: Lamark-Caulaincourt. Open from Sunday to Thursday, from 15:00 to 18:00. Closed on public and Jewish holidays and during August. Info. Tel.: 01 42 57 84 15.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.06 - 10. February 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Rightist Front National Takes Another Town' andcount-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'Winter Holidays Start With Usual Fuss and Search for Babysitters.' The articles in the issue were 'US Ambassador Pamela Harriman Dies in Paris' - 'Shakespeare & Company Sells Books and Gives Away Lodging if You Can't Afford Them' and 'On the Ile Saint-Louis - A Rare Day in the Winter Sun.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was a Valentine for Readers - abd I forgot to look ahead to do a new one for this year.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 691 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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