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He also pointed out some places where he couldn't go - deep métro stations without elevators for example. The city and its public transport partners are conscious of these problems - but these are problems that should have already been considered as long ago as 1918.

A few years ago a guide was published for Paris and the Ile-de-France that shows which stations are passable. The guide also lists the assisting facilities at major sites and attractions as well as at airports and train stations.

To be frank, the guide also has a métro map which shows no accessibility. There is a logo to indicate accessible stations, but the only ones on the map are at RER stations. When the guide was printed - possibly in 1994 - the entire RER network had exactly four stations were no aid was required for access.

Since then, but I do not have details, some of the RATP's buses are new designs which permit access to persons in wheelchairs. For a long time now, some bus lines have had audio systems announcing busstop names for the blind.

For the latest info, contact the CNRH, by writing to 236. rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris. The Fax number is 33 1 53 80 66 67. You can also send an email to cnrh@worldnet.net and I have just been reassured you will get a reply.

Troubled Service On the RER Line 'C'

We have our little local strikes which are partial so they are usually not worth mentioning because they mainly inconvenience residents.

This may not be the case with the RER's line 'C' which has been running a 50 percent service - one train out of two - recently on account of a strike by employees. This line, which runs through Paris on the left bank, serves both Versailles and Orly airport.

To or from Versailles, an alternative is to use SNCF trains. From Orly, there is the Orlybus, which runs into the centre of Paris. The RER line 'C' strike continues tomorrow.

The German Elections in France

The French are always a bit preoccupied with affairs in Germany and this has resulted in fairly major coverage of the current national elections there.

TV-news has had a lot of reports from the big building site that is normally known as Berlin; with special attention paid to voters living in areas that were for a long time in the DDR.

Regardless of the Communist Party being perfectly respectable in France, any resurgence of it in former East Germany is remarked on - although there is no hint that we should be sleepless on account of worry about any 'Red Menace.'

Because France currently has a government with socialist leadership, there was a lot of attention paid to the character of Gerhard Schröder, the SPD's candidate for chancellor. Lephoto: tf1: auto parade Parisien ran biographies of both Schröder and Helmut Kohl in yesterday's edition.

Today's old car parade on the Champs-Elysées, in the rain. Image: TF1-TV

As election results came in tonight, these were interpreted by Daniel Cohn-Bendit on TV. As one-time 'Danny the Red' in Paris in 1968 and now a 'Green' in the Frankfurt government, he can give an 'old boy' spin to German events that many French '68ers can believe.

With Danny in mind, it is interesting to note that Herr Schröder joined the SPD when he was 19 and became president of the 'Jusos,' or young socialists, in 1978. By mainstream SPD members, the Jusos were once considered to be their party's 'Red Wing.'

Also unusual for a politician in a basically conservative - or should it be cautious? - country, Herr Schröder has been divorced three times. He is now happily married again. A 34-year old journalist, Doris Koeps, is going to be Germany's new 'first lady.'

After the election results were announced in the SPD's favor, Chancellor Kohl, 68, said he would not seek re-election as the head of his party, the CDU, thus indirectly announcing his retirement from active politics.

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