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Even though this has probably been reported elsewhere, I am not going to say anything about the nature of the judge's investigation. Mr. De Niro seems to have been questioned as a possible witness, but for some reason was treated as if serious charges may be pending against him. He is said to be annoyed

The Trial of Maurice Papon Continues

I heard radio reports about the trial during the week, but as I was assembling this week's news I found no reports handy. At the last moment I have just had time to glance at an account which says that the accusations which seemed so solid last October when the trial began, do not seem to be so watertight now.

During the week, witnesses were heard, concerning another convoy of 'deportees.' I believe this is the last convoy that will be discussed during this trail, and the case will move to a new phase next week.

Web Sites With Contents About the Papon Trial:

The Matisson family were the first to launch a civil case against Maurice Papon, in 1981. Jean-Marie Matisson runs the website, and reports from the courtroom. At the website, click on 'Affaire Papon.'

Another website of interest contains daily coverage of the trial by the Bordeaux paper, the Sud Ouest.

SportsNews: France Gets Winter Olympics' Gold

When I was younger I used to greatly enjoy the Olympic games. They were on only once every four years and you didn't have to follow any of the sports in between. The Olympics were here! and now! and you followed them for ten days and afterwards they were gone again.

Nowdays there are Olympics Games all the time and in winter as well as summer. Sore losers from the last one go around moaning about the rotten judges or their crummy shoelaces, and all the new ones coming Cretier: Sat Parisien up keep getting busted for steroids or drinking coffee.

The current winter Olympics, as far as I can tell from radio reports, are causing a lot of headaches because they are apparently taking place in someplace where it is currently winter.

Countless competitions have had to be canceled because of snow or ice or some other uncommon hazard, such as fog, or even thawing. Somehow, without any advance warning, a French nobody skier named Jean-Luc Crétier zoomed out of the gloom, to win the Men's Downhill something or other.

Even more astonishing, the 31 year-old skier had never won before, despite a 13-year career. According to reports, all sorts of other skiers have suddenly remembered him as looking like he was going to win something big soon - but according to TV-news, Jean-Luc Crétier looked more surprised than anybody else.

While Parisians were sunk in total despair over the fate of their hapless PSG football club, which is pretty much all of the time, France woke up happy this morning - to find that somebody French had won something for the first time since Jean-Claude Killy won the same something, exactly 30 years ago.

The World Cup SportsBar Never Sleeps; May Doze a Bit

Real SportsFans should hang out the SportsBar where the fans have all the nogegg they can make themselves, at the Football Café, and have relaxing bowls of hot watercress while discussing the finer points of the world of football, without getting too 'psychohypo' about it. Too cool.

Less uplifting are the 'official' Web sites: represented by the FIFA - which stands for Federation International - and the French Organizing Committee, known to all far and wide as the CFO. I don't what the initials stand for, just like RATP does not sound like métro to me.

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