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Télérama Online

France's thickest TV-guide has a Web site with today's TV program. For example, tonight France 2 will broadcast a feature about the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights at 23:00, which is not exactly in 'prime time' but this is not Télérama's fault.

The site does require Java though; if you don't have it installed you'll get annoying 'error messages' to remind you how clever some programmers are. Télérama, in its paper version, is more of an all-round culture magazine than one simply focused on the tube - but if you read all of it every week, you will have little time to spare for watching TV.

Newspaper Does the Web for Kids

Since 1996, ''Le Progrès de Lyon' has been producing the 'Le Web des Enfants' and it is so popular that it is in third place after 'news' and 'sports.' Be sure to check out the section named 'Les Echos du Zoo,' and watch for new things to come in January.


This is a cultural magazine in French which I think I've mentioned before. Chronicart gets into some odd stuff, such as somehow acquiring a tape recording of a conversation made in August 1994 just before TV airtime, between a former Minister of Defense and the boss of a major private TV network. There was an open mike and it was being picked up by a satellite that somebody was bugging. In September the 'Le Canard Enchaîné' got their copy of the conversation and splashed it all over their front pages, and in December 'Chronicart' got its own copy too. Where will it all end?

The Sept Became the Cinquième

And if I've got this right, the Cinquième becomes 'Arte' after a certain time of day - turning into our Franco-German 'cultural' TV network. However it goes, the Cinquième does culture and the Cinquième does it on the Web too. I think the main thing to remember here is that the Cinquième has more resources than I do, so their stuff about such things as the 'Salon du Livre de Jeunesse' in Montreuil might be more complete than what I've accidently found out and put into this week's 'Scene' column.

L'Institut Géographique National

If you are a fancier of geography and focus on the geography of France, then the IGN has probably got what you want. For example, I'd like to get one of theirphoto: place vendome satellite photos of Paris - but I can't quite afford it. One of these days I will - and I hope it's soon.

From the Tuileries towards Vendôme - last Tuesday.

The Winning Irish Times

This Dublin newspaper has just won the 'IP Top Award' top prize for content, narrowly beating out Sweden's 'Aftonbladet.' Find out more about European online publishing by checking out the full list of winners of the 'IP Top Awards.' It is too late to send 'write-in' votes for Metropole, but you might think about doing it for next year. Meanwhile, take a look to see how it's done in Ireland.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.47 - 25. November 1997 - Thiscount down Eiffel Tower issue appeared on Tuesday last year and featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Rain and Wine, Weather and Beaujolais' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'The Second Last Red and Jospinomania!' The issue had two articles, entitled 'Fancy German Cars and Freibier' and 'Car Showrooms on the Champs-Elysées.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was subtitled, 'Singing in he Rain.' All I can remember is the Beaujolais Nouveau, reminding me I'll probably forget it again this year.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 404 days and nights left to go.

Regards, Ric
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