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Most parties connected with the trials agree that their being held 'in camera' has made it impossible to have an opinion based on the facts of the case, because they are unknown.

At the very least, Mr. Dils' original 'confession' is thought to be tainted by the methods with which it was obtained.

No other evidence linking him to the double murders has been reported, and there has been no mention of motive or opportunity. The state attorney was reported to have pointed out in court that there was some doubt about timing - that Patrick Dils didn't have quite enough time to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Despite this it seems to be possible that he has managed to be in the wrong place for at least 14 years now, and is back in it for some time to come - until he gets his third trial for a double murder.

Other News

France's big holidays got off to a bumpy start for both drivers and air passengers. Two or three smaller airline companies are going through the process of pending bankruptcies, which left tens of thousands of passengers with tickets stranded.

At the same time, autoroute workersphoto: stairway, rue villa abida decided to hold strikes about pay - on account of the 35-hour week - and this caused huge traffic jams of the main routes to the south.

To add spice to the mixture, bus drivers in Mallorca decided to go on strike too, leaving further thousands of travellers stranded at the airport, or unable to get to it.

When necessary, streets turn into stairs near the heights of Belleville.

After Le Parisien's problems with its distributors, it decided to try and convince its readers that the Tour Eiffel's blinking lights should be maintained. These were added to the tower as a temporary measure for 2000, and would need a new installation, which could cost the city 35 million francs.

After dropping for quite some time, unemployment in France made a slight rise in May. Meanwhile, the telecommunications company Alcatel announced that it was thinking of getting out of its manufacturing businesses entirely.

A new cyclo-taxi service has started up in central Paris, employing a fleet of 18 tandem bicycles. For the beginning, the service is limiting itself to the 1st arrondissement.

Sports News

Long-time bikeracer Jeannie Longo was back in the news last week. First, by tying up the French championship for racing against the clock and second, for beating another group of opponents for another title.

This brings the total of her championships in France to 44 and her age to 42. Most of her opponents are 20 years younger. During a long career she has ridden to 660 winning places.

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 the fine weather. If there were no contributions during the week, I will assume everybody has been having their own version of it.

Once Again - 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.

What's the Forecast for Coming Weekend?

Right now you can dial Météo-France up on your favorite Web browser, andphoto: statue pl rhin et danube get what is actually happening with the weather right now at Météo-France's own Paris weather station located nearly next door to me on top of the modest summit 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 hurricane-speed winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, blizzards and/or avalanches within the next few hours in Paris.

Have you seen this figure on any coins you've brought home from France?

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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