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Promanades Révolutionnaires

I wasn't the only one looking for the Revolution last week. Today's Le Parisien has ten tours to propose. For a paper that has a populist pose, it puts up a fair number of sideways or anti- or counter-revolutionary sites - such as the Jeu de Paume at Versailles, which is only open on weekends.

As usual I had plans much larger than the time available; so I have left out the details of the philosophy of the 'Revolution,' although theygraphic: le parisien 9 july were simple enough. Ordinary working people only wanted the rich to pay... some share of the taxes.

Like the Michelin Guide, Le Parisien's nobles and royalty were 'victims' and in the place Vendôme, the no-pants brigade tossed the statue of Louis XIV into 'the dirt.'

Le Parisien's front page after France's victory over Croatia.

The Père-Lachaise cemetery is famous for having Louis XVI's defense attorney as a resident.

Poor Louis himself is described as a martyr and the Episcopal Palace in Meaux is also on the list of 'Revolutionary' sites.

If Louis hadn't been fleeing to Varennes, by way of Meaux, he probably wouldn't have lost his head. He was a 'constitutional' monarch in no personal danger, until he tried to flee.

France had a relatively happy revolution for a few years, until those deposed or asked to pay their share of taxes tried to organize the destruction of the republic, from foreign soils with the help of neighboring absolute monarchs. This 'fact' of the revolution is the one that seems most convenient to forget.

Football Sells Ink

Throughout last week, as France cranked itself - no, as the media cranked up France - to tomorrow's football final, the good scribes have been discovering all the positive social aspects of soccer.

The census may tell us there are 61 million French persons, but as the FN is fond of saying, not all of them have the same skin color. Unless you are blind, you don't need the FN to tell you this.

What the FN doesn't tell anybody, is that France had a lot of colonies and still has some offshore 'departments' and territories, and France used to fill these places up with workers by stealing them from Africa. The result today is, French people have various colors.

Everybody knows this, even if the FN says people who don't have whitish skin are not French. In this roundabout way, I get to the papers commenting about how Zmédine Zidane - the star football player - is a symbol of integration.

Mr. Zidane was born in Marseille as Yazid de Castellane. He went to school in France, resides in France, has a French passport, wears the French national colors and sings the 'Marseillaise' in football stadiums along with the President of the Republic.

None of this would be worth a comment unless Libération decided to comment on it. Their findings: the Algeriansphoto: our world cup football are unhappy that their team is not in the World Cup tournament - but they don't consider Mr. Zidane to be some sort of substitute Algerian.

Metropole's own borrowed football, has seen better days. Bye-bye.

This startling conclusion probably surprises Algerians as much as it does me. If Libération wants an 'icon of integration,' I think they should look around for a bona-fide immigrant.

Now that France appears to have a winning team, I think all kinds of them are going to show up at any minute. You know, sort of, to get on the band-wagon.

An Online Sports Event

The Tour de France is the world's number one bike race by virtue of being the longest and hardest. This year's edition is the 85th and it started today Dublin, just a bit before fans can recover from the World Cup.

To get a taste of it, it won't hurt to give VéloCity a spin, especially if you want to know about the races and racers that will be competing in the 'Tour.'

Both VéloCity and the Tour de France's official Web site sell various bicycle-related goods online, and if you feel like getting into the swing of things by doing it in French, then give 'Le Tour' a shot.

The SportsBar Has Moved to the Fútbol Page for the duration, which has been held over a week, for us to recover

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