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In Tocqueville This Week:

The Tocqueville Connection's 'French Style' takes a look at a comic book version of Marcel Proust's 'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu,' re-titled as 'Combray,' which is currently selling better than the original version. The author, Stéphan Heuet, repackaged the dense work in order to settle an argument with his wife.

The museum has been co-founded by the Ministry of Culture and the Ville de Paris. On show at the museum are works by Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, Matisse and Leger as well as collections from the Musée d'Art Juif and the Strauss-Rothschild collection - as well as extensive historical archives.

Until December 1999: an exhibition of photos from the Magnum Agency, about post-war Jewish communities. On Saturday, 12 and Monday, 14. December; concerts given by Chava Albertstein, an Israeli singer.

Tocqueville also has some background about the opening of the new 'Musée d'Art et l'Histoire du Judaïsme' in Paris.The museum officially opened yesterday and its hours are from Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00.

Musée d'Art et l'Histoire du Judaïsme
Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53. Entry: 40 francs, reduced: 25 francs.

23rd Paris International Marathon

The Marathon International de Paris - to be run on Sunday, 4. April 1999 - is now taking inscriptions. When I checked the Web site last week, it said it was 'under construction.'

To register for the Marathon, I have only a fax number at this time: it is 33 -1 41 33 15 69. The namebrochure: paris semi marathon and address is Athletisme Organisation SA, BP 182, 92135 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. If necessary, I will scan the registration form and email a copy to anyone who requests it.

Inscriptions made before 15. January 1999 cost 190 francs for residents and 250 francs or US$45 or 75 DM for visitors.

After the date above, from 18. January to 19. March, the rates rise to 250 francs for residents, and to 370 francs - US$75, 115 DM - for visitors. The rates for signing up after 19. March are quite a bit higher and entries are limited to 25,000. If you wait and the quota is full on the sign-up deadline, you'll be out of luck.

if this big-time stuff is not your beat, there is also a Semi-Marathon; which will be run in Paris on Sunday, 7. March 1999. Take your pick.

Some URLs for French Web Surfing:

Find out more about Web sites having something to do with Paris by trying - a new? - 'portal-entry' site, called 'Paris-Web.' From what I saw, this is a recent start-up. I'll give it a trial too, to find out what's going on.

If you feel any urge to do some heavy Web-surfing, try it on Sunday, 13. December. After the Spanish and Italian surfers held 'strikes' to try and convince their national telephone services to lower line rates, there has been a call for a boycott in France too. France Télécom's reaction so far: ho-hum.

In case all the stuff you see here about Paris is driving you around some bend or other, why not check out the latest news from Brittany? The 'Hebdo de la Bretagne' is a real newsmagazine called 'Britia' and all of it I saw was in French. If you care to look deeper, I wouldn't be surprised to learn it has some content in Gaelic, which might interest any of Metropole's Irish readers.

How about a bit of musical composition online? About 300 French musicians are plugging in daily to Cubase's 'Virtual Studio Technology' and they are busy writing musical bits and sending them to each other, using the MP3 format. It's a big site with a lot of activity, and a lot of mutual collaboration. Since it is music, language may not be a problem.

Short of ideas for Christmas gifts? Here's a chance to pick up some French vocabulary and at the same time get ideas about what the French want for the big day. Even if you don't know anybody in France, you can leave your own 'wish list' and hope somebody who knows you will do something about it.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.49 - 8. December 1997 - Thiscount down Eiffel Tower issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'My Development Is Over' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'General Winter Pays Paris Brief Visit.' The issue had only one feature article, entitled 'Noël 1997 - Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Concerts and Events,' which was a lesser version of this years' 'Program' series. There were two 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was subtitled, 'Little Gifts,' which might have been about anything but probably wasn't.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 390 days and days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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