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One such 'community' in France is an exception. According to the newsletter 'Internet Actu,' 'Le Village' representsphoto: montmartre in rain a 'real' virtual community - with the word 'community' denoting a common spirit - based in the region around Rennes.

Another "Village;' this one is Montmartre.

While 'Le Village' has enjoyed a high regard for some time, its operators have decided to take it a step further by publishing a paper version of it. The first edition hit the newsstands yesterday.

Accompanied by a CD-ROM, this monthly 'community' magazine has 44 pages, and includes contributions from members of its parent virtual community - some of which are musical. This certainly goes against the idea that the Web 'kills' paper. Internet Actu suggests that if this idea catches on, we'll be able to talk about the 'offline' press.

The Cybercâble in France is not having an easy time of it - also according to 'Internet Actu.' Present in Strasbourg, Le Mans, Besançon and Annecy, it is also available in some Paris' arrondissements. Its big selling point is big bandwidth via TV-cable and a reported 40,000 customers have signed up for this.

'Big bandwidth' is an advertised 2 Mbps, but subscribers have noticed lately that the maximum rate is in the region of 512 kbps. The operator's client relations people are saying this is 'normal.'

Some subscribers would like to discuss the one-quarter service they are getting - in court - but their contracts do not specify the actual transfer rate. A spokesman for Cybercâble says the text in their advertisements is a 'commercial argument' rather than a contractual one.

A few months ago, France Télécom bought 49 percent of Cybercâble, and one might expect better with this big operator on hand. But apparently, when subscribers complain about getting no access at all without warning, the operator says it is because they are 'monopolizing' bandwidth.

In some hands, 'truth in advertising' in France is more like romantic fiction. It sells well but it is full of hot air.

URL Shorties - All you want to know about the theatre; especially what is playing and what you should see, is presented by the new site, Webthea. Thephoto: cafe funiculaire in rain site also offers links to other theatre-related sites. The Musée des Augustins has a temporary exhibition - until February 2000 - of a selection of its collection of major 19th century works. The 8th Prix Möbius France 1999 runs off on Friday, 15. and Saturday, 16. October at the Cité des Sciences. This effort salutes the best multimedia productions for the past year. 'Intersculpt '99' is the biannual manifestation of digital sculpture, notably featuring cybersculpture, infosculpture, robosculpture and tele-sculpture; whatever these are. The show continues until Saturday, 9. October. If this sort of art is new to you, take a good look. If you find these Web sites to be interesting, don't thank me - thank 'Internet Actu.'

Weather Forecast - For the coming ten minutes of the coming week; less rain and some sunny periods. Temperatures cannot get much lower than they are, but they are not expected to rise.

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