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On 9. June 1795, four eminent doctors performed the autopsy on the body of the young king. Like his older brother, Louis-Charles died from tuberculosis.

The doctors looked and then they wrapped up. One, Dr. Pelletan, wrapped up Louis-Charles' heart and put it in his pocket. After many dreary adventures, Louis-Charles' heart ended up in the royal crypt at Saint-Denis.

For 205 years half the people who believe in certain things have been convinced that the Simons smuggled Louis-Charles out of the Temple tower and left a ringer in his place; and the other half think Louis XVII died in the dungeon.

Over time there have been no less than 101 pretenders to the name. Naundorff, the most famous, liesphoto: pont bir hakeim under a tombstone which carries the inscription, "Ici repose Louis XVII, Charles-Louis, duc de Normandie, roi de France et de Navarre, né à Versailles le 27 mars 1785, décédé à Delft le 10 aoüt 1845."

Ten days ago, two separate labs in Belgium and in Germany published identical conclusions after four months of DNA studies.

The Bir-Hakeim bridge; under the elevated métro line 6.

The mother of Monseigneur Le Duc Louis-Charles de Normandie - civil name, Capet fils - was indeed Marie-Antoinette, and she was therefore the mother of Louis XVII. And this was the same lad who was abandoned to die of neglect and disease in the Temple dungeon.

Now, at least, he has got his proper name again; for once and for all. Louis XVII - RIP.

Café Metropole Club's 29th Session

The 29th weekly meeting - the before the 30th-week mark! - of the 'Café Metropole Club' marked another unexpected minor upsurge in 'real' membership last Thursday, and included geography tips and obscure slogans. You can read about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page even if you have already read it once.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.18 - 3. May 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined: - 'A Week Asleep; Train Strike.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Hunters Lose Free Range 'Rights'.' This issue had two whole features, titled 'The World's First Land-Speed Capital' and 'Foire de Paris Spotlights Artisans andphoto: promenade d'australie Creators.' The 'Scene' column returned with 'Less Than ALL of the Events.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Not for Us' - but then, for whom?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.18 - 4. May 1998 - The Café Metropole column posed the question: 'Where Were You in May of 1968?' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Bonjour 'Euro!' This issue had three fantastic features, titled 'May Day '98 at République,' 'Eyewitness to Paris in May '68,' by Jim Auman and '30 Years Later - A Chronology of 'May '68.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Only One Euro.'

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This is the 18th issue of the year. This is what the '18' after the '5' means. Since I still haven't received any complaints about Metropole's somewhat glamorous and black-on-peachy background, stupendously fabulous, somewhat glittering count-down, I am going to forget whining about it here week after every darn week, and concentrate on thinking up terribly difficult, but jolly, contests.

The recent contest was a huge success even if it set new records for financial extravagance. Rest assured that I am chipping in with all the stray centimes I find, putting them into the unopenable Deutschebundespost piggybank - plus! - clipping all the coupons I find on what few packaged goods I buy. It all adds up, given time.

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the 122 days already gone. Does anybody ever check these numbers? Anyhow, the official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' another time. This is a re-run for many count-down fans who missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999 when Paris' countdown clock conked out. The 'unofficial' reason for this has been suspended until it's time for another contest.

There are only about 244 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really picky readers, this figure may now be incorrect again. The thing I like least about the count-down is looking up the days gone and the days-to-go each week.
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