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The Web site also warns visitors to bring umbrellas because Bièvres is not anywhere near the Sahara. Another warning is to use public transport. A final warning concerns the fact that there will be lots of people with lots of photographic items for sale.

Besides hardware, there will also be a considerable amount of collectible photos on exhibition, for sale, both to private buyers and from and to professionals.

Les Flics Online

If you happen to be online when burglars decide to break down your bank-vault of a door, quickly set your URL selectorphoto: rue des lombards to the Préfecture de Police, hit the map for your local commissariat, and fire off an email about your impending situation.

In the Rue des Lombards, once a street of Italian bankers.

But if your situation is not quite so grave, the Préfecture's Web site can also be used to learn more about the police and its structure in Paris, plus it provides all sorts of useful information about wonderful stuff like getting a Carte d'Identité, or names of the head Commissaires in each arrondissement. In principle, you can also denounce your neighbors who persist on parking on the sidewalk.

Voyeurism.Fr

The above is not a real URL. A new TV show, which kicked off on M6 on Thursday, is also being broadcast over cable and it is supposed to be viewable on the Web as well at its show-name of Loft Story on the Web. Early reports say the site's servers are not quite up to the demand.

Here's the background - six young men and five young ladies are locked up in a 225 square-metre apartment along with 26 video cameras and 50 microphones, all hidden. According to Le Parisien, the term for this in the United States is 'trash-TV.'

The TV version is only broadcast for a fixed time period, but the cable version is broadcast 24 hours a day. The first 'episode' drew a record audience for M6, which has a usual fare of horror and ordinary 2nd-rate science-fiction telefilms.

Some scenes are available free on the Web, some require registering, and for a few well-placed Webcams there is pay-for-peek system.

All Books - Fr. - Again

What Amazon or Barnes & Noble are to the United States, Chapitre.com is to France. Long one of the biggest players here, this online bookseller is thinking of testing offshore waters. While half of its business is with new titles, Chapitre thinks it has an edge when it comes to rare or out-of-print books. Chapitre sends out real people to poke through 115 real bookstores to look for rarities, and it finds them - for you. This company also has ties to Quebec and the German bookseller Buecher.de. The firm also proposes French language revues and magazines.

Three Clicks for the TGV

The SNCF has spiffed up their travel-booking Web site by reducing the depth of windows from eight to three, making its bookings available in theory in three clicks. Expected in June will be the possibility of reserving a car and hotel rooms.

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 'Official' Weather - 89.6% 'Rain'

Since I can't say anything nice, I have little to say. According to informal sources, highs may be from 15 to 18 degrees. Tomorrow's May Day may be havephoto: arches, rue des innocents the highest, afterwards it's downhill.

For real forecasts, take a look at the Météo France Web site. It's predictions are usually fairly shortrange because Météo France doesn't like being known for bad guesses.

Along the Rue des Innocents, looking through to Rue Sainte-Opportune.

This said, Météo France is hoping - don't we too! - to have ultra- shortrange predictions available online by this coming summer. These should be handy for checking the weather at breakfast, to be sure it will be sunny enough for a round of cocktails in the Luxembourg gardens in the afternoon.

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