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The final word from the Banque is, if we would look at the notes more carefully, this would protect us from taking in phoney ones. I think that's cute of them to shift the blame onto us - if the Banque has to change one of the notes, we are going to have to pay 100 million francs for it.

Café Grand-Mère Day

Eleven years ago the company that makes the coffee marketed as 'Grand-Mère' had the idea that there should be a Grandma's Day. Since then the coffee company has more or less forgotten what it started, and a lot of people think they got the idea from TV or the government.

Of the seven million grandmothersmonument, rue de la Roquette in France, 600,000 of them are under 50. They are mostly called 'Mamie' with two-thirds fewer being called Mémé, followed by Mémère and Grand-mère is just slightly ahead of 'autre.'

This may be another water fountain; in the rue de la Roquette.

Some of these 'autres' are Basque: Amatxi; or Breton: Mamm-Gozh; or the Corsican: Mammome. Whatever they are called, they are less and less willing to do baby-sitting. Grand-Mère's Day is equal with Valentine's Day and catching up fast to Mom's Day in France.

Old Rock'n'Roll Jet Set

France held its first public auction of private jets today at Le Bourget, in hanger number five. Viewing was scheduled for 10:00 this morning at the bidding started at 14:30.

Of the four planes under the hammer, the one that has created the most interest is a Dassault Fan Jet Falcon 20. This one was bought by Elvis Presley as a Christmas present for Colonel Parker in 1975.

No mention was made of how this machine found its way to hanger number five, but is was estimated to go for three to four million francs.

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: Bad News for the SDF

'SDF' stands for Stade de France, this brand new, great big, hulking new stadium built with taxpayer's money just north of Paris in Saint-Denis, for the World Cup. Right after the football championships are finished, the Rolling Stones expect to fill it up.

'SDF' also stands for 'Sans Domicile Fixe,' or three letters a lot of people use when they don't want to say 'homeless.' The letters 'SDF' have been used in this sense a lot longer than the Stade de France has existed.

Paris' own football club, Paris-Saint-Germain, or PSJ for short, has a long-term contract which is just coming to an end, for the older Parc des Princes, down by the Porte de Saint-Cloud.

Apparently PSJ and its owners, Canal+, have been having talks with the operators of the SDF - but they say they don't want to go there with theirLivres neufs prix reduite measly 30,000 supporters. Mayor Jean Tiberi says he wants them to stay at the Parc des Princes too.

No mention of 'used books,' but this place has a couple.

PSJ's players are actually poetic about the charms of the Parc des Princes. It seems as if the 'Parc' is a little bit more 'in' Paris than the SDF.

Meanwhile, up in Saint-Denis, local supporters have probably been hoping for PSJ to move its home there. But if they don't, they have their own sports club and it has a football team too. It is called 'Red Star.' As a home stadium, Red Star thinks SDF would be great.

The World Cup SportsBar Now Open 35 Hours a Week

Real SportsFans do hang out the SportsBar for 35 hours a week, at the Football Café, and have relaxing bowls of hot liquid pizza soup while discussing the finer points of the game of football, without getting too 'psychophilo' about it. Existentialy 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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