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The 'Ravers' now have an organization named 'Technopol' and this has called for 'peaceful and festivephoto: brix bar, rue des pyramides demonstration for the right to party' on Saturday, 16. June at the Place de la Bastille, with the slogan 'Let Us Dance!' Whether the organizers have a permit for this is unknown.

Technopol also claims that since the restrictive amendments were introduced, entertainment permits are bring more routinely refused to bars, cafés, clubs and concert halls.

One of Paris' odd little bars, in the Rue des Pyramides.

'Rave-parties' have been going on around France for ten years, but have probably gotten a lot more active since mobile phones came into widespread use. Generally, the idea is to find some remote place, where it is possible to make a lot of noise without bothering neighbors.

'Free-parties' are the same as 'Raves,' with the former being free of entry charges and the latter usually costing between 100 and 200 francs for the entry.

The parties, which can draw from 300 to 30,000, are usually assisted by Médecins du Monde. During one four-day 'Rave' recently, only one person out of an estimated 25,000 was evacuated by an ambulance.

Internet Life

Patrimonie Archéologique

Archeology is the subject of new Web sites being set up by France's Ministry of Culture, with a generic name of Patrimonie Archéologique as a staring place. Hit the link and then look for 'Expositions Virtuelles' and then 'Grands Sites Archéologiques.'

One already has its own domain names. This is the Abbaye Saint-Germain d'Auxerre. Another is the Grotte Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc, which is still marking time in a sub-domain - which is not a pun, exactly.


Readers occasionally write to ask me to look up their relatives with origins in France. If they might be still living and possibly have a telephone number in Paris, I will take a look in the phone book. Otherwise, I am not a 'missing-persons' detective.

But most requests are for older family names, sometimes with a gap of a couple of hundred years between thenphoto: small door, cordeliers and now, and sometimes quite a geographical gap as well. Due to privacy laws in France, getting a look at some official documents containing personal records is not possible unless they are over 100 years old.

Of all things, there is actually an institution called the Bibliothèque Généalogique de Paris, from which you might be able to get some information.

The smaller entry to the Couvent des Cordeliers.

There is also a somewhat commercial Web site, operated by Laurent Fordant which will take you a certain distance. If the name you are looking for isn't there, it probably means it isn't anywhere. But if it is, then you can go further, but it may cost a bit.

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.

A 'ThankYou' and an 'oops' goes to Mark Wu in London for sending in "I saw this and thought of you." The 'oops' is because I forgot to look at it - having only just found it in the email Inbox. Now that I've looked at it with my non-Java browser all I can say is that the URL exists. 'Java' is 'oops'-prone.

The 'Official' Weather - 98.9% True?

A couple of issues ago right here in this spot, I reported that Météo-France intended to begin giving out local short-term forecasts. Last week, by pure dumb luck I picked up two brochures that seem to be announcing this new service.

If you will recall what I wrote here some time ago, and then endlessly repeated - okay, so youphoto: thermometre, 28.5 C don't remember, no harm done! Anyway, I said you would be able to get a forecast in the morning, so you could reliably plan to have a picnic - at, say, the Parc Montsouris - at lunchtime, which is from 13:00 to 16:30 in Paris.

If the forecast turned out rotten, you could quietly turn over and snooze until 17:00 without wasting any of your time. You can therefore understand the value of short-range local forecasts.

No sooner said than done, in a manner of speaking. Right now, you can dial up Météo-France on your favorite Web browser, and get what is actually happening with the weather right now at Météo-France's Paris weatherstation located next door to me on top of the modest heights of Montsouris - 'Mouse-Mountain.'

This weather outlook station has been operating for 129 years, and it has kept careful track of past weather in Paris. Thus, it can say the coldest year was 1879, the hottest was 1994 - I don't remember this - and the year with the most rain was last year, 2000!

Starting later this year, Météo-France will also institute its 'Vigilance-Météo' service, which will show at a glance whether you can expect high winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, blizzards and/or avalanches in Paris.

These will be signalled by a four-color system of graphic warnings, with green indicating 'no particular vigilance necessary.' The sample map shows Paris as 'green,' and 'red' for the Golfe du Lion area. 'Red' means exceptionally dangerous.

In general, seven-day forecasts will be available for Paris and the Ile-de-France, with special attention being given to weekends.

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