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For example, France has an old set of inheritance laws, made up in long-ago times, which do not suit modern society. Part of the 'Pacs' are meant to take the realities of our society into account - a bit so that the wishes of individuals can be respected, rather than be subjected to outmoded laws - or voids where no law exists.

So the 'Pacs' objective is moral and legal tolerance for everybody who no longer fits into some 19th century notion of society's norms. This is not paradise because a lot of it is experimental in its application; and not everybody is in full agreement with it.

All the same it is a start and it gives optimism to a lot of people in different situations. For this reason Paris annual 'Gay Pride' celebration has gone beyond its name.

This was evident on Saturday at the parade's launch at Denfert-Rochereau. Most present wore no costumes and didn't seem to be showing signs of militancy for one cause or another, or any at all - other than showing a willingness to take part in a Saturday carnival winding its way through the streets of Paris.

Café Metropole Club's 37th Session

The 37th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' happened to have two high points last Thursday. New members are always one and there were two of them who found their way to the café La Corona.

Another member, although not yet 'signed-in,' attempted to do so by phoning from the UK during the meeting. This is a new approach but it is not good enough for signing the unofficial members' booklet.

If I let this through, then potential members would demand that I get a portable phone. La Corona'sphoto: le vin des rues management said long ago no phone line would be available, and I'd like to keep it this way - mainly because I have enough to do at meetings without trying to put them online 'live.' They are 'live' in the café.

Nothing 'Special of the Week' here except good food.

Thursday's club meeting was fairly subdued until the new members arrived and one tried to 'gate-crash' by way of a telephone. You can read about it on last Thursday's 'Club 'Report'' page.

Your club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 29. June, when I will be in an airplane, somewhere over Greenland looking down at the weather. If you are in the mood, be sure to see this week's 'Club News' page too.

Next Issue

Your 'Ed' may be gone, but Metropole keeps on going

For the coming issue, on Monday, 3. July, there will be a round-up of all the club's unofficial non-rules on the regular 'Club News' page. There will be Café and Scene columns, possibly a feature about the 'incredible' picnic slated for Bastille Day, and the regular compliment of posters and a cartoon too.

Metropole's next regular issue will be dated Monday, 17. July. I haven't the foggiest notion of what it may contain, if anything. By then, you may be off somewhere on holidays anyway. Good for you if you are.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.26 - 28. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'How-To Do Bastille Day.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Music Day in France - Still No Strikes.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Another Wild-Goose Chase.' The 'Scene' column had 'Under the Sky, Under the Stars.' There were the isual teriffic four 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Enough for Tweetie.' Enough what?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.26 - 29. June 1998 - The Café Metropole column posed a consumer question with the title of: 'Can It Be Good If It's Free?' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Bad News Phones, Bad News Fans.' This issue had two features, titled 'Reaching the Sky - Up On Montmartre' and 'Versailles Is Not Lonely - But Not Everything Is Open.' For WM'98-fevered sportsfans there was 'Links For World Cup: Ready, Set - Bootez la Balloon!' There were the usual four 'Posters of the Week' too. Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Oops, Sorry!' so it must of had an English theme.

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

The countdown is resumed with the last issue for no reason in particular. It had become impossible to maintain its suspension, on account of contests that may show up here as soon as the contest fund reaches a high-enough level sufficient for acquiring prizes for all the winners. Although this is assumed to be a smallphoto: sign, square oznam amount on account of few likely contestants, the main reason for not having a contest right here and now is because of the judge's holiday.

There are only about 188 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. This figure is correct for today only. Due to the resumption of this section, there are now, officially, 178 days gone since the last countdown failed on account of an unidentified ristan that ate the Tour Eiffel's count-down mechanism last 31. December, which deprived count-down fans and their groupie's uncles of the thrill of the century if not the Millennium.
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