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But, what happens when you find the parking metre broken? Do you look for another? Or do you borrow a parking-fine notice from another car and slip it under your own car's windshield wiper? Or do you just forget it, and wait calmly for the amnesty? These aren't automatically granted by law.

At the moment in Paris, no more than one driver out of two is paying parking fines - 58 percent are going unpaid and this is expected to rise to 80 percent by the end of the year.

Almost a third of Paris' 12,500 parking metres were looted last year. It is believed that gangs who once specialized in picking pockets have switched their targets to the less risky machines - even though 1400 of these bandits have been collared this year alone.photo: entry musee cernuschi

The fines for totally illegal parking, which Le Parisien calls a 'local sport,' are ignored by more Paris drivers, with only one out of three paying their fines.

The city collects 450 million francs from the parking metres but is said to lose out on collecting seven million francs in fines, plus has to pay out another seven million to repair wrecked parking metres.

The almost secluded Musée Cernuschi is very near the Parc Monceau.

Apparently it is perfectly okay to write a note and leave it under your windshield, saying that all the nearby parking metres are broken. If they are, the note is just as good as a paid-for parking receipt.

"Ici Londres"

Sixty-one years ago today, General Charles De Gaulle made his famous broadcast from London to occupied France, using BBC transmitters. However the broadcast was not foreseen in that week's radio-TV guide, so there were hardly any listeners. All the same, the event was commemorated this morning by Président Jacques Chirac at Mont-Valérien.

Internet LifeYour 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.

If I have overlooked any of your contributions during the week, blame it on Proust. If there were no contributions during the week, I will assume everybody has decided to read Joyce.

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 theAbbaye 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.

'Summer' Forecast for Coming Weekend

This is not only because Thursday is technically summer's first day, but TV-weather news went way out on a limb and said it would be sunny and warm, with the weekend even warmer. We will see.

Several issues ago I reported that Météo-France intended to begin giving out local short-term forecasts. You should be able to getphoto: champs elysees, view towards concorde a forecast in the morning, so you could reliably plan to have a picnic - for example -at lunchtime, which is from 13:00 to 16:30 in Paris.

The Champs-Elysées, near the Rond-Point, briefly sunny last Wednesday.

Right now - Météo-France is probably not still on strike - you can dial them up on your favorite Web browser, and get what is actually happening with the weather right now at Météo-France's Paris weather station located nearly next door to me on top of the modest heights of Montsouris.

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 within the next few hours in Paris.

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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