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Finally, but by no means last, Editions Ellébore Paris has books and videos in French, and you can check out the titles in their catalogue. Many of the titles are for books about better living and improving your lifestyle. You may think living in France automatically takes care of this, but you can never know enough.

And the last:- the above plugs concern books, as in 'books;' but also include what Linda Thalman calls 'e-books.' You put your plastic number into the order form and the 'book' comes to you via the Internet. This way, you get what you've ordered quickly. It's up to you to print it or not. See each of the Web sites mentioned above for details.

In Tocqueville This Week:

The Tocqueville Connection's main story is about the cat-fight going on within the right-wing Front National party, and it may containphoto: cafe emile a slightly different view from my own. I haven't had time to read their's and I'm not sure I'll have had time to write mine.

The café Emile is on a side street, not far from the Gare Saint-Lazare.

More interesting, is Tocqueville's explanation of the difficulties encountered by French producers of 'cultural' CD-ROMs, who would like to make some profits from their expensive productions by finding markets in the United States. Many of these have quite a bit more to them than action games, although one is a 'whodunit' set in Versailles in the time of Louis XIV - a reconstructed Versailles impossible to see today; but historically authentic.

In describing France's latest and 349th 'New Wave' of film makers, Tocque ville's Jacques Régniez writes that in the movie the 'Dieu Seul Me Voit,' the characters are 36 but act like teenagers. The is interesting news - I thought characters were being portrayed this way these days because the script-writers had teenage mentalities. But this is not the case; the theory is that nobody is developing into adulthood anymore.

For French Wine Surfing:

Maybe because of France's Internet boycott yesterday, I don't have as many 'interesting and exciting' new URLs as usual. But with all the 'book-plugs' above, a lot are hardly necessary.

France is famous for wine and you may have a local merchant near you. However the biggest wine caves are in France and these have a greater selection for winesphoto: cafe garnier than the formidable one for cheeses. You either know a lot about this or next to nothing; but with the aid of the Internet you can find out more - by ordering wine online.

Garnier, also very near Saint-Lazare station.

'La Grappe' is the virtual cellar put up by the Maison Coste, which has a real cave full of real wines, spirits and Champagnes here. Their 'virtual cave' is not finished yet, but there is a list of what they have to offer, as well as aid for making a choice. If you have the proper plug-in for your browser, there is supposed to be an audio welcome message too, in French of course.

Le Poste's New 'Annuaire'

I haven't checked this out, but it could be a very useful resource for almost anybody who has or will have anything to do with France. This new 'Annuaire' contains references to four million French businesses, and has a powerful search function, permitting searches by sector, company or individual names. Those included are allowed to update their own listings - perhaps keeping it more up-to-date; out of self-interest.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.50 - 15. December 1997 - Thiscount down Eiffel Tower issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Really Not the Weatherman' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Papon Is Confronted With Facts.' The issue had two features: 'The Odd Shopper' and 'How the French Do Noël' by M-R Erickson. Last year's holiday season continued with 'Noël Program II - More Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Concerts and Events.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' pages again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was subtitled, 'Little Gifts,' which seems to have been a re-run of the previous week's, but wasn't.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 383 twenty-four hour units of time left to go.

Regards, Ric
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