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The message in these cases was not anti-Socialist, but more of a desire expressed by voters to have full-time mayors.

Meanwhile, watching TV, early and inconclusive results came in from hither and yon around France, with only a rare mention ofphoto: barrio latino, bar the 'Battle for Paris' raging right outside my door.

Ultra-right wing leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was televised on several channels from the FN's party headquarters in Saint-Cloud, insisted that he was not invited to any of the election night TV studio broadcasts.

The main bar in the Barrio Latino. Note handy bar-roll of paper.

France-2's Claude Sérillon said he certainly had been. Le Pen then said, "C'est une méthode soviétique!" Slightly later for the news channel LCI he said, "Ce sont là des procédes sovietoïdes."

The politicians who were actually in the TV studios usually had thoughtful things to say - which has been a bit of a relief from all the reports from the country, which seemed to barge in with partial results from Podunque-la-Ville without warning.

'Erased' Voters

Apparently quite a number of good and honest citizens showed up at Paris polling stations with the intention of voting today only to find that they had been stricken from the voters' lists.

Many of these were victims of Paris' fake-voter scandals, which have erased 120,000 voters from the lists. Nine thousand were removed from the 14th arrondissement's lists and 10,000 from the 18th's.

Electoral judges were on hand - outnumbered! - in the polling stations, but very few of those 'erased' were allowed to vote.

Voters who change addresses, even if it is only to move across the street, must signal the change to the voter registration offices in each Mairie.

Municipal elections are only held every six years, so if a voter has moved, he or she may not get the registered letter asking them to confirm their place on the list, or warning them they are to be removed from the list if they don't show any signs of life.

Unanswered registered letters are returned to the sender, and then the erasers rub out the vanished.

Round Two - Next Sunday

After the ballots are tallied and after elimination of the marginal 'lists,' those remaining in the running - are out and running after votes again.

There are only six short days and nights until the voters return to the polling stations, and this time around, it will be winner-takes-all.

In today's first round, it has required 50.1 percent of the votes to be declared a winner. Next Sunday, in three or four-way races, whoever gets the most votes will win.

Other News

Vital News, Completely Worthless Non-News and the Sports Headline of the Week have been dropped from this edition - not because they are insignificant, but because I haven't got them handy.

Web Life - Modest 'ThankYous'

Good Intentions

Ian McMahan has written to say that he intends to become a 'faithful' Metropole reader, and has added that he has an online photo-essay of the vendange at Jacques Melac's wine bar in the 11th arrondissement for everybody to see.

Exciting Frango Update

Larry Wechsler, a bona-fide Café Metropole Club member in good standing has sent the following important bulletin from Seattle - "Frangos were actually invented in Seattlephoto: bar a soupes, r charonne and were an institution here until our beloved Frederick and Nelson department store went out of business a few years back.

One of Paris' more unusual 'theme' cafés, in the Rue de Charonne.

"Marshall Field's may have 'acquired' the rights to market Frangos, but club members should not be deluded into thinking that the candies are some fancy east coast confection. Ah, the good old days, when we had Starbucks and Frangos all to ourselves. Here are the gory details."

In addition to the 'thankyou' to Ian McMahan, another one goes for Larry for this update. The 'news' concerning Chicago's location on the 'east coast' may be important to some readers.

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankyou' here.

The Big Catalogue - Repeat

This is not La Redoute's or Trois-Suisses' combined mailorder catalogues, but the catalogue of catalogues for books in French. This 'repeat' is in order because at least one reader has found a long-sought book through it. Called the 'Catalogue Collectif de France,' it unites the catalogues of the Bibliothèque Nationale, the university libraries, and 55 specialized libraries around France. This site is relatively new. Its ambition is also to provide documents on demand, but this is still in the works.

Work In France?

I have just been informed by one of the server-lady's hard-working - in France! - minions that the ever-busy WFI micro-conglomo down at the Cadillac Ranch has launched a new guide, called Working and Living In France: The Ins and Outs, which is their latest in the 'Paris Insider Guides' series. There are probably tips in this that even I can use, such as finding out whether I can get a discount for shamelessly plugging it.

Winter Sports News

As of today, 'winter' is about 81 days old. Snow, if there is any, may be a bit less fluffy, with the warmerphoto: posters, cour damoye air that has installed itself - increasing avalanche dangers to high levels. Still, if you are interested in the state of snow at French winter sports stations, try hitting the Hiver, SkiFrance and Net4Ski Web sites. Also check out ex-ski champion Edgar Grospiron's site, called Ridearth.

Looking for original posters? Take a look at the 'Grand Monde' item in this issue's 'Scene' column.

The 'Unofficial' Weather - 92.5% 'Winter'

According to a little ticket I found next to my boulangerie's cash register, Météo Consult knows that Paris has an average of 12 rainy days per month during winter - And! - 10 days with sun for at least 60 percent of the day. These are considered 'sunny' days even if the other 40 percent of them is non-stop downpour. According to the info on the card, Paris also has no spring or fall seasons, and I don't find this hard to believe.

The 'Official' Weather - 92.5% 'Winter'

Last week saw Paris getting a taste of real rain and who knows how long it will last? Answer - never for long. Temperatures are still predicted to be warm 'for this time of year.' For real forecasts, give the Météo France site a hit. Predictions are usually fairly shortrange because Météo France doesn't have any crystal balls to compare with the TV-weather news.

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