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If this particular party was without incident other than a fair amount of rain, a young man died of a heart attack at another small rave-party at Saint-Jure, south of Metz. Two other rave-parties took place over the weekend too - both without incident.

Revolving Green Door

Minister of the Environment, Dominique Voynet of 'Les Verts' party, voluntarily resigned herphoto: doorway, rue de lorraine government post to become national secretary of her party. This departure had been announced long in advance.

After a lively battle - to choose the Green's candidate for the coming presidential elections - Yves Cochet emerged as the Greens' choice to replace Mme. Voynet in the government, with the environmental portfolio.

Hand on heart - honestly! - this green door has nothing to do with the sub-head.

These days in France, when something bad happens to the environment, the weight of it falls on the shoulders of 'Les Verts' rather than on the Socialists, who have the majority of leftist deputies in the Assembly Nationale.

Bad Weather - Unexceptional!

Up until a week ago, the Azores 'high' had the upper hand in France, and even in Paris the mercury passed the 30 degree mark on several days.

But since then the Iceland 'low' has gotten the upper hand by forcing the Azores 'high' to stay out in the Atlantic, and causing local temperatures to barely match highs of 19 degrees.

Much the same thing happened in 1998 and 2000. The essential difference this year, has been the increase of rain, with Météo-France's station at Montsouris getting 104 millimetres of rain on Friday, 6. July - beating the August 1987 record of 96 mm.

Zero-sum Counterfeiters

A civic client, who happened to drop into a local printing shop and happened to notice men in the atelier in the rear handling sheets of money, quietly left and skipped along to the nearest telephone booth to dial '17' for the local police commissariat.

Caught red-handed by Cergy's Police Judiciaire, the busy counterfeiters did not bother denying their activity - not with the cops holding on to films, plates, more than 8.6 million francs printed on uncut sheets and another 8.6 million-worth neatly cut into notes.

The accomplices had put very little into circulation, possibly because they specialized exclusively in 20-franc notes - which makes it doubtful if they had carefully thought out a plan of distribution - except if they thought they would be easy to get rid of because there isn't many 20-franc notes in general circulation.

But it doesn't much matter because counterfeit is counterfeit, and they risk getting whacked with 30-year terms in prison.

Sports Non-News

In Moscow on Friday, Paris' candidature to hold the Olympic Games in 2008 was defeated by the International Olympic Committee.

According to Le Parisien, the 62 members of the French delegation in Moscow for the decision were surprised that Paris only came in third, in the second and final round of voting - behind Toronto.

Paris had put a lot of effort into its candidature, plus a reported 160 million francs. But with Athens getting the summer games in 2004 and Turin set to stage the winter games in 2006, it should have seemed certain that no city in Europe would have a chance for the 2008 games.

The summer Olympics have been held in Paris twice already - in 1900 and in 1924. But the games have never been put on in South America, Africa, or the Indian sub-continent.

Internet Life

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.

I have not overlooked the URLs I've received recently, and I have even checked them out. But I am going to save them for a coming issue for two reasons.

You may be on holidays and you may overlook your modest 'thankYou' here, and I wish I were on holidays already and this issue was over with. We've got to have something to do when both of us get back.

Forecast for the Rest of the Summer

Here it is, mid-July and the last of the three 'grands départs' has departed, and Le Parisien is being pessimistic about the rest of the summer's weather. 'If this Continues, We're Going Home!' says its headline today.

But it isn't over until its over, so you will stillphoto: rotonde de la villette be interested in Météo-France's short-range forecasts - which may predict better weather for northern France if you stay tuned in long enough.

It is called the 'Rotonde de la Villette' because it is round - and it is near Villette.

Météo-France has also begun its 'Vigilance-Météo' service, which consists of putting out special alerts concerning hurricane-speed winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, tornados, blizzards and/or avalanches within the next few hours in Paris and throughout France.

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