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Today, in addition to the 'motards,' who re doing their thing today too, we have a rugby final and a fine-weather weekend. The rugby is at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis tonight, so that leaves:

-14:00:- from Nation to Menilmontant, demo for the National co-ordination of the 'Sans-Papiers.'
- 14:00:- from Bastille to République, the national committee against the Maastricht Treaty.
- 14:00:- from the Tour Eiffel to the Bastille, the French Federation of 'Angry Motards.'
- 14:30:- from Châtelet to Opéra, national teachers' demo, organized by the unions SNES-FSU, SNEP, the SNU-ipp, SNALC and the UNSEN-CGT.
- 15:00:- from Trocadéro to place du Canada, a gaggle of associations who are seeking a referendum on the 'immigration' question.
- 17:30:- from Denfert-Rochereau to the Arab World Institute, demo for justice and peace in Palestine.
- 16:00: after this time, avoid north Paris and nearby suburbs on account of the rugby frenzy.

All of these activities have police permits for their marches and parades. Le Parisien thinks the situation is serious, and has another map, showing where all these groups will criss-cross downtown Paris. The paper suggests going to town on a scooter, taking the métro or even... walking.

Shortie From Cannes

'Las Vegas Parano' - aka 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' - was eagerly awaited at the festival, and got a good roll of hype from TV-news, but today's Le Parisien said the unhip audience thought it was a story about sustained hysteria.

This is, according to people who know about these things, a serious blow for Johnny Depp. He bombed in Cannes last year in 'The Brave' with Marlon Brando, or something. Personally, I think it is his name that is holding him back.

Cannes is very much 'on the air' here and has definitely blown 'Memories of May '68' off the airwaves - unlike the other way around 30 years ago. Mr. Depp was obviously 'brave' or foolhardy in attempting to play Hunter Thompson; the only actors who could have done it, are dead.

While on this entertainment section, I may as well mention that Le Parisien has given four stars to the two Egypt shows, the theatre piece 'Le Chanson de Roland,' the gospel concert of Liz McComb and the ballet 'Don Quixote.' Brilliant! But only four stars.

Tragic Football Passion

A week ago Wednesday, I saw some football supporters for the Lazio team, riding the métro. Their blue and white colors led me to think they were Greeks, but the team is Lazio Roma. The SportsFans were in town to see UEFA Cup match between Lazio and Inter Milan.

That evening in a Paris suburb, SportsFan Mr. F. was glued to his TV set to watch the match, along with the two brothers of his wife, Mme F., who was not a great SportsFan.

A violent argument broke out after she decided to change the channel. She was outvoted, and in a fury ran into the kitchen, opened the window and said she was going to jump out of it. Furious, SportsFan Mr. F. decided to call her bluff.

He climbed onto the open windowsill in the kitchen, unbalanced, and fell 15 floors to his death. The police decided the death was accidental.

Two days later, Mme F., unable to support her grief, snapped and jumped out of another window, four floors up. At the time of the edition of this story in Le Parisien last Tuesday, her medical situation was not good.

There is a noun in French for jumping out of windows. It is 'défenestration,' and Le Parisien uses it as a verb - as in, "il s'est défenestrée." Inter Milan outscored Lazio Roma by three goals to zero at the Parc des Princes that night.

New SportsNews

wc98 min of sportsFor some reason of other, tonight's rugby score has failed to register. I think it was some French Catalonians against 'Stade-de-France,' so I will recklessly predict that Perpignan won since the Stade de France has been in operation only a short time. Banner poster, from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Old SportsNews

I never got the score for last Saturday's game between - who was it? Metz and Lens? Where are they? What are they?

Not getting this important information is turning into a personal Mudville for me. If I had a gram of sense, I would sit this one out at the SportsBar.

SportsBar Is Quiet On Tuesdays

While real SportsFans lead otherwise normal lives on Tuesdays, those at the SportsBar, known as the Football Café play checkers while awaiting the approaching World Cup championship matches. Their girlfriends are not amused, but cannot figure out how to dislodge the true SportsFans from their 'Football Caf&eacute.' in which they are whirling away their thoughts, while spouting their checker-philosophy and drinking lukewarm World Cup SportsCafé. Three cheers and a crambola! for the Football Café and for the single-mindedness of the SportsFans!'

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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