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While some people are worried that they will soon be reduced to eating pills, others have changed their shopping habits and are heavily favoring any products with a 'bio' label.

European Elections Turn Local

A man who was not a candidate for the last Sunday's balloting for the European election, seems to have lost the whole thing.

President Jacques Chirac, who is the moral head of the Gaullist party, the RPR, became a non-winner when his standard bearer, RPR party chief Nicolas Sarkozy, failed to make a better score than another Gaullist faction led by old party-warhorse, Charles Pasqua.

Of the three Gaullist factions, Pasqua's is the most anti-European and the furthest to the right. He only beat Sarkozy by 0.2 of a percentage point. The third, 'liberal' wing, came third, trailing the leaders by a solid three points.

This caused Nicolas Sarkozy to resign as RPR party head, although he retained his position as party secretary. Fans of the RPR would like to see the factionalism end and would be perfectly happy to have Mr. Chirac do it.

Meanwhile, the Socialist list led by François Hollande received the greatest number of votes and had 22 seats attributed to it. The Gaullist parties got 34 seats all together, but they are scarcely speaking to each other.

The day's big winner was Daniel Cohn-Bendit who brought his 'green' list into fourth place; tripling France's 'green' score from the previous elections.

In the 18 to 24 voting age group, Cohn-Bendit was the top vote getter. Hollande swept the popularity race with the unemployed, the workers and the lower and middle managers - and in this category, Cohn-Bendit got a higher score than any RPR list leader.

Unhappy hunters put up a list of their own and came second after the powerful French Communist Party, to gain the same number of seats in the European parliament.

In total, France elected 87 European deputies; 33 of these from the Ile-de-France and 14 from Paris alone. Of these 14, the majority of them are leftist.

During the week, Paris Mayor and stalwart of the RPR, Jean Tiberi, consulted his pocket calculator and announced on Thursday his candidature for re-election as Mayor of Paris.

As the municipal elections are a long 21 months off, the unanimous verdict of the city's RPR machine leaders was that the announcement was a 'non-event.'

For what the founder himself may have thought about all this, Charles de Gaulle now has his own Web site, where you might find some clues about 'Gaullism.'

Now for Real News

Since we have safely passed the traditional deadline of 15. June, the RATP has seen fit to announced its annual fare increases for the Paris region's public transport.

First the good part. All bus trips will now require only a single ticket - as was already the case in Paris - and the fares of the night buses will be cut in half. In September, the fewphoto: bistro at jaures remaining first class compartments on RER trains will be eliminated, which should reduce crowding at certain times of the day.

The airport buses will have their fares reduced to 26 francs from Orly to Paris and to 39.20 francs for the trip from Roissy to Paris - which is supposed to be a four-franc reduction.

Globally, fare prices are rising about three percent. The unit price of eight francs for a métro-bus ticket will remain the same, but the price of a 10-ticket 'carnet' will rise three francs to 55.

Two million local residents buy monthly or weekly Orange Card tickets and these will rise most - about three percent - for Paris' interior zones 1 and 2. This rise may be reflected in the prices for the Mobilis and Paris-Visite cards. We'll see on 1. July when the new fares go into effect.

Minimal Sports News

Politics was the only spectator sport this week.

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