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If, at the end of the period, the police find any rats and mice hanging around, they can penalize the offenders - with fines, or by imposing de-rat measures.

For a whimsical breakfast, this might be the place.

For citizens who find themselves ratlos in the face of this menace, they are invited to contact the city's Service de Lutte Contre les Rongeurs, for helpful tips. If you happen to see any stray rats, would you please show them the way out of town.

The War of the Cauliflowers

Farmers who were holding the bridge at Moraix hostage lifted their siege about 20:00 last night, after their union said the government would examine the three or four thousand most needy cases.

The minister concerned, reminded anybody who would listen that subsidies have already been budgeted, amounting to 50 million francs from France and 77 million from Europe.

As the cauliflower farmers remove their barricades made out of two million cauliflowers dumped on the bridge, pig farmers have announced that they'll fight the big distributors for a fairer share of the consumer's or taxpayer's money.

Shipping News

Late report:- Friday, 10. April saw the relaunch of the Seine's popular Batobus service for the year. The service has started three weeks in advance of last year and will continue for an extra 11 days at the end of this season.

Starting at 10:00, the three boats run continuously with 25 minutes between them, until 19:00. Beginning in June and lasting until the end of August, service will be lengthened to 22:00 each day

The fare structure is a bit complex. A round trip is 50 francs, but a day ticket only costs 60 francs; and a two-day ticket is 90 francs. This is a lot easier than figuring it out by paying passage from stop to stop. If you really go nuts for the service, a season ticket is only 250 francs. Kids half price.


cafe tables & metroFishing season opened in Yvelines on Saturday. A license costs 387 francs. One must also be a member of a fishing club, and this costs another 100 to 200 francs annually.

24 Hours at Le Mans for motorcycles got underway this afternoon, and rated a tiny column in the paper. Motorcycle racing news from Malaysia got half this, but this was eclipsed by the report on how the 'motards' were going to fare while sleeping on the grass at the track.

Apparently this problem was solved by not sleeping at all and racing all night. In order to keep bootleg racing by fans under control, drag strips were set up for the periphèrique cowboys from Paris and they happily burned a lot of rubber during the night. Results of the official racing are unknown, but it is believed the Japanese won.

Would You Believe the World Cup SportsBar is Still Open?

While real SportsFans lead otherwise normal lives, those at the SportsBar, known as the Football Café think, talk, and dream about nothing other than the rapidly approaching World Cup championship matches. The rest of us are truly lucky that real SportsFans do have a 'Football Café' in which to while away their time, without inficting their soccer-psycho-babble on us civilians non-stop. Three cheers for the 'Football Café!'

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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