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The RATP has engaged Bombardier to built them a tram; one that runs on tires and not rails. These were once called trolleys, but in this case I think there is a 'hot' contact in the ground instead of an overhead cable. The prototype tram-trolley also runs on gas anyway, so it doesn't really need the rail. The mayor, Jean Tiberi, thinks this is a wonderful idea.

But the SNCF also has an unused right-of-way very close to the circular boulevards, and Jacques Toubon, mayor of the 13th arrondissement, is all for reactivating this line; perhaps with something like the new tram on the RATP's La Défense-Issy line.

The greenies and cyclo-maniacs have another plan for the SNCF's old tracks. Meanwhile, the RATP can't wait around because it has 130,000 passengers daily riding its existing PC buses, so it has ordered 200 news ones. These are 'low-rider' models, that handicapped people are supposed to be able to use.

SportsNews: France Wins Its First Match

After thousands of trees fell, and zillions of litres of ink flowed, the profession of football second-guessers gotphoto: scots on champs elysees their answer in Marseille on Friday night. France's World Cup team beat South Africa, three to nothing.

Good-natured Scots in costume mostly amused Parisians and themselves, loudly and hugely.

Since the match was played in Marseille the Mistral was blowing and since the match was played in the Stade-Vélodrome, most of the SportsFans were Olympic Marseille supporters, who are known to be exceptionally passionate fans, especially when OM players on the national team head in the goals.

Sportswriters get poetic; forgetting all the second-guessing and the sneering, but all the same the 11 players are given 'points' by Le Parisien, from five to 7.5, out of an unknown maximum number.

Sad Sunday SportsNews

Just after midnight, early Sunday morning, champion sailor Eric Tarbarly slipped into the sea off the coast of Wales, and is presumed to have drowned.

Sailing with an inexperienced crew of three on his veteran sailboat, the original Pen Duick, France's most famous seaman was not to be found in the force five weather.

Rescue operations did not get underway until crew members could fire off a distress signal some hours later. British search and rescue crews searched all day Sunday but could find no trace of the missing sailor; and French services arrived on the scene to continue the search.

Tarbarly, who was 66, first gained fame by winning the 1976 single-handed TransAt race across the Atlantic. Since then, he had won many other long distance sea races, and was a major figure in French sailing circles. Media commentators almost drove the World Cup off the airwaves on Sunday, with personal testimonies and stories of Tabarly's exploits.

No SportsNews

The private TV channel M6 is running ads for itself saying in effect, 'guaranteed no football,' and goes ahead to program three second or third-rate films per movie night. With a clever mix of the right almost-good imported series' and films coupled with an almost uncanny feel for counter-programming, this channel does okay for itself, on a tight budget.

This channel also has something of a 'first-place' in the TV world as well: its station logos and the generic clips used to warn viewers of commercial breaks, are probably the worst in the world - and they have remained essentially unchanged for a decade or more.

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