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I'll keep the list and check out some of the sites and you'll probably see their URLs here in the near future - but if you don't feel like waiting, there are links to the official Web site and also one to Libération's 'Top 150' list, at the beginning of this item.

Find the link to Friday's The Toqueville Connection on Metropole's Links Page.


Thirty years ago yesterday, Daniel Cohn-Bendit started shouting at the University at Nanterre, and this led to what became to be known as the 'Events of May' in 1968. For European students, this was the anti-anti protest that resulted in all sorts of dramatic 'events' which included the total closure of France. Those who took part, are now getting ready for retirement, and their kids are anxiously looking for jobs. 'Danny the Red,' as he was known, is still active - on the political scene, in Frankfurt I believe.

I am not exactly certain if it's Libération's 25th birthday - but I am certain that it is the 'Routard's' 25th birthday. Their story starts out in 1968 too, but they didn't get around to publishing their first alternative guide for travellers until 1973. All their guides are written by French travellers, so they offer a slightly different outlook on how things are.

Chaumet - Paris

expo: chaumetIf you are an aficionado of fancy and expensive jewelry, Paris-Musées will be opening a show of works done by Paris' jeweler Chaumet on Tuesday, 25. March. The objects on show come from public and private collections from around the world, and the show includes photos, paintings and documents relating to famous customers of this one-time court jeweler.

The location is the Musée Carnavalet, at 23. rue de Sévigné, in the Marais, or Paris 3. The show continues until 28. June, and is open daily from 10:00 to 17:40; except on Mondays and some other holidays. The entry charge is 25 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.

Les Savants en Egypte

This is almost an 'Oops!' - almost forgotten. The poster is on one of the poster pages and the show has already started at the Musée Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle at the Jardin des Plantes - in the Grand Galerie de l'Evolution - and it was there that I saw the poster on Wednesday.

These 'savants' are the ones Napoléon took with him when he went to Egypt in 1789. The Bonaparte excursion was not a military success, but French scientificos found a lot of stuff, caught a lot of interesting diseases, and eventually came back to France with a lot of Egypt's treasures, which one can see around Paris in various locations.

Grand Galerie de l'Evolution
36. rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5. Or, in the Jardin des Plantes. The exhibition runs until 6. July and is open daily, except Tuesdays; from 10:00 to 18:00. Entry is 30 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Still On Show:

Brigitte Terziev Continues

For a long time I have had an announcement about the exhibition of Brigitte Terziev's works at the Musée Bourdelle, but the description of her work is so elaborate that I haven't had the heart to get out the dictionary to try and decipher it.

There is clay and rusty nails, and there are a number of war-like terms - offense, defense, assault - but also the 'perfume of the desert and sand' - does sand have a smell? - but when I received an invitation to the opening night, I saw what it is about.

For people who take in poetry through their eyes, the work of this 1997 Bourdelle Prize winner, will offer something a bit more than words.

Exhibition: until 5. July. From 10:00 to 17:40, except Mondays and public holidays.
Musée Bourdelle
16. rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Falguière
Info. Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Printemps Vietnamien

'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyen Van Minh.' His show can be seen at the Mairie of the 2nd Arrondissement, 8. rue de la Banque, Paris 2. From Friday, 20. March until Thursday, 30. April. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam is an exhibition of plastic artworks by Professors of French at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Hanoï, in additionstreet pizza to four master Vietnamese artists. This will be at the Pavillon des Arts from Saturday, 21. March until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Not Vietmanese pizza; this is ordinary Paris street pizza.

La Photographie Vietnamienne is an exhibition of photos of contemporary Vietnam by five photographers. This runs in the Espace Photographique des Halles, from Friday, 20. March until Wednesday, 20. May. At the Forum des Halles, Place Carrée, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 40 26 87 12.

Rencontres et Programmations Musicales features the contemporary musical works of Ton That Thiêt, plus a program including other forms of Vietnamese music. This is at the Médiathèque Musicale de Paris at the Forum des Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 20 50.

These exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June. Friday, 20. March, was the anniversary day of the Francophonie, and it was decided to put on a Vietnamese Season on account of the recent Francophonie Summit in Hanoï.

I don't know how well 'Francophonie' came off this year, because it was competing - in Paris - with the opening of the Salon du Livre, the Salon de l'Etudiant, and the Fête de l'Internet - which all are, when you think of it, related.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.12 - 24. March 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Who Cares about Our Datelines?' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Super Loto Win Set to Pay 150 Million Francs.'' The articles in the issue were 'In the Avenue Montaigne, a Street of High Fashion' and 'The Gare de Lyon's 'Le Train Bleu.' Linda Thalman sent an eMail about a 'Street Rallye in Paris.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was named 'The Easter Bunny's Atelier.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 649 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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