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All involved, except Orangina, are big companies and I wonder how much they appreciate having to wait around for a couple of years to get a decision on a deal like this.

Paris' 'Big Wheel' takes shape in the Place de la Concorde.

For Orangina and its faithful fans, it has meant being deprived of some of the world's best lunatic advertising, which is more than an intellectual substitute for the drink itself.

In fact, the decision may see the return of this - so us little people will have something to look forward to - between the end of the TV-news and the beginning of the TV-weather.

French Web Life This Week

Inside Paris

Mon Quartier is a Web site that presents Paris by the activities of Parisians in their arrondissements, quartiers and 'villages.' It has lists of local businesses and merchants, public services, local news and a large area devoted to local associations and artistic activities.

The Advertising Museum

On Tuesday, 16. November, the Minister of Culture, Catherine Trautmann, inaugurated the Musée de la Publicité, which falls under the wing of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs - or UCAD for short. Advertising I see on the streets of Paris while I make my rounds is something that has always been considered to be part of the city's decor, and is the reason for the 'Posters of the Week' in each issue.

Very few posters featured in Metropole are of museum quality. I think it has something to do with the sheer volume of them; with a new set appearing every week. Either this, or French graphic design is in a low state of creativity at the moment.

French Comics Online

Comics 'made in France' are not like comics made elsewhere. BD Philia is a virtual comics bookstore with references to 8000 titles, which is a little less than an average year's production. Besides featuring new titles, pages are devoted to the authors and artists, as well as their editors. According to Internet Actu, you can order comic albums online - but it is up to you to verify whether the site accepts foreign orders.

Only Guitars

Everything you want to know about guitars - everything! - is featured on 'LaGuitare.com.' This 'portal' site also has a bit of its own editorial material, especially concerning French makers of guitars - including, I suppose, models with more than six strings.

Shorties: - The TV-guide magazine 'Télérama' and the city's 'Forum des Images' have organized thephoto: rue guillemets, propped up 4th Multimedia Festival, which intends to show off the best French CD-ROM productions of the year. This can't be done without the Web, so check this festival out. France Télécom's ' Voilà' is testing the waters of the robot-translation act. Try changing Metropole into Spanish or German - for a friendly little snicker, try English too. I accidently threw out my copy of Le Parisien with next year's 'Tour de France' map on its back page. See it here; see it now before it's too late!

What holds up some Paris buildings? Other buildings, and popsicle sticks.

Some of the suggestions for these Web site references have been supplied by 'Internet Actu.' For more weird stuff, give The Liar's Chronicles a shot. If you understand French, look around for anything by Pierre Lazuly and his acid pen.

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