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After the votes were counted Sunday night, the combined left increased its seats in the Sénat by 12 and the right gave up 10 seats. Lady candidates elected were 17, bringing their total up to 34 - still somewhat short of 50 percent of the total.

Bus Lanes In Width Dispute

Paris' city council returned to work today and right-wing council members want to complain about not being consulted about the bus lanes that were installed in the city, during the council's recess.

According to one, they are in agreement 'in principle,' but they want to argue about the fine details - such as the width of the barriers separating the buses from the rest of traffic.

What they are calling it is Mayor Bertrand Delanoë's 'coup de force,' instead of conceding that Monsieur le Maire has a majority in the city council.

Meanwhile an opinion poll has revealed that 62 percent of the Parisians are in agreement with the idea of the bus lanes, while 58 percent of suburbanites living in the Ile-de-France prefer a more moderate scheme - possibly to make commuting by car a little easier.

Non-starter No Car Day In Paris

While this was called off for Saturday in Paris - when? - 970 other cities and towns throughout the worldphoto: cafe terrace, bd haussmann went ahead with it, including Lyon, Lille and 61 other towns in France. Cities in Eastern Europe participated in this action for the first time.

Café terrace on the Boulevard Haussmann for use by weary shoppers.

On Saturday afternoon, being completely unaware that the city's effort had been more than merely reduced in scope, I walked to the Quartier Latin with the intention of strolling along the Boulevard Saint-Germain.

By the time I was still fairly well up the slope of the Rue de l'Odéon, I could see that the approaching boulevard was anything but traffic-free.

As I walked around the Quartier Latin a bit I got the distinct impression that car drivers has made a special point of infesting its narrow streets with more cars than usual, and driving them more aggressively than usual.

Internet Life

If grades were given for surfing on the Web I think I could easily get an 'E' and it wouldn't be for effort. If I'm trying to find out something I think of a keyword for it, toss it into a search engine, and if nothing comes up I assume that 'everything' is still not on the 'Net.

But most of the time, something does turn up. If the first likely site I hit doesn't have what I'm seeking I'll try a few more - like getting down to the possible offers in the 60 to 70 range before giving up.

But my major problem is with Web sites that I've been tipped to by various newsletters and other sources. It seems to me that most of these should be winners, if only because somebody with lots of inexpensive access and time has tracked them down for me and taken the trouble to give them an interesting plug.

Nine out of ten of these I find to be total losers. I swear, I do turn on my nearly-up-to-date browser for these little researches. But it doesn't make any difference - I still find Web sites that are not simple to use to be uselessly complicated - if they don't return absolutely blank pages.

By far the worst offenders are the ones with front-pages so clogged with items that you have to scroll in several different directions to actually see the whole page - in installments. These usually are characterized with unreadable type too.

Before you yell that I should wear glasses, use a magnifying glass, or change my browser's default font to 24-point Helvetica, you should know that a monitor's screen resolution is somewhat limited, and if type goes below it - goes below about seven pixels in height - it becomes unreadable.

Apparently this fact is unknown to a large number of so-called 'web-designers,' who specialize in type in sizes suitable for labeling the ingredients of industrial chicken-and-sardine goulash on the head of a pin. It can look like sans-serif Arabic when it is this small.

With this ranting rave off my mind, I give you:-

One-Stop French Tourism

The URL for this started out with a description of what was supposed to be one jumbo Web site that includedphoto: wine bar, les bacchantes links to all the major sites dealing with 'everything you wanted to know about tourism in France.'

However, this proved to be less than advertised - or I got an 'E' with it - but finally I got to somewhere that seemed to show promise.

One-stop self-taught French wine courses available here.

This seems to be the 'Tourisme en France' Web site, which has versions in French and English, and the URL here is for the version in English - but don't be surprised if it seems to be in French - much as the 'French' in Metropole is as 'French' as I can make it, like the phrase 'Tourisme en France.'

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.

'Fall' Officially Begins

Paris' weather pulled off a surprise by changing for the better on the first day of fall, on Saturday, 22. September. It was cool with high temperatures not greatly exceeding 17 degrees but it was very nice to see the sun again.

If you are curious or need to know more, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts.

Météo-France has also begun its 'Vigilance-Météo' service. This consists of putting out special warnings about coming hurricane-speed winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, tornados, blizzards and/or avalanches, within the next few hours.

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