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But after France's acceptance of the euro, the days of engaging a majority of French voters with the notions of national and traditional republicanism, seem to point to the unlikelihood of its resurgence.

This is reinforced by France's all too obvious inclusion in the ongoing European Union of countries, which seems to be leading increasingly towards lesser amounts of traditional nationalism.

It will be interesting to hear what the candidates have to say - if they have anything to say on the subject - about where they see France heading at this beginning of the Third Millennium.

Info About Euros

There is now less than a week to go until the euro will replace the franc completely in France. You can say goodbye to francs on Sunday, 17. February.

All prices within the euro-zone countries in Europe are now posted in euros, just as if you arephoto: bar du commerce visiting one foreign country with a bunch of different names - all having a common currency you have never seen before if you aren't from any euro-zone country.

The Café du Commerce has been in the 'euro-zone' since the beginning of the year.

Details about trading-in old francs for euros appeared in earlier issues. For additional information concerning deadlines for cash, cheques and other tips, hit this link. For some common 'euro' prices, see the 'Au Bistro' columns in recent issues.

Internet Life

At the Café de Flore

Another Web URL has been received from Alan Pavlik who claims he lives in the Paris area of Hollywood, California - but seems to live non-stop 'virtually' in the Paris region of France, especially in the Saint- Germain-des-Prés quartier of it. He writes:-

"Last month I came across the Café de Flore on the Web. The site is just what you think. And it has many layers. The menu and prices are there of course, and a history.

"You ought to click on the 'Album du Flore' for the historical photographs. The usual suspects are there - Juliette Gréco and Jacques Prévert of course, and a photograph of 'Le Pape J. Paul II' passing the terrace in one of his 'Popemobiles' - and Hollywood folks including Lauren Bacall and the singer Tina Turner. These old photographs are a real giggle. If your computer has sound there's music too. Not great music, but it's there."

Hunc & Nic News from Essonne

While Alan hangs out at the Flore hoping to see somebody famous from Hollywood, some folks in the Essonne department south of Paris are proposing all sorts of news, weather and sports, plus French Lit., crossword puzzles, and the arts - on their oddly named 'Hic & Nunc News.' The burning questions of the day are also treated - such as 'Who Will Become Président In 2002?' While in Essonne, try putting 'Cadillac Ranch' into their search function.

Winter's Downhill Re-Runs

It is winter in the mountains somewhere outside of Paris. If the northern Alps area seems tempting, you can find out more about them from the Alps-Sensations Web site.

For general high-altitude thrills, I think Hiver.Com has had plugs here in past years, without them ever sending me a New Years card to ensure that I put one in this year.

Winter Weather Alerts

Warnings about impending violent weather that might be dangerous to your health - or on a lesser scale, cause you some discomfort if you happen to be at sea without a rudder or up a snowy mountain without a scarf - are provided by a service from our friends at France-Météo.

You are supposed to use this service before you get into situations you won't want to be in. Using it afterwards will not help you at all.

Paris, with its amply warm degrees and generally light breezes does not qualify as an 'extreme weather' area. It is not even an exciting weather area. The alert service is mainly forphoto: ferrari panamerica northern, central, mountainous, eastern, Atlantic coast and southern areas of France that occasionally have more extreme weather than the Ile-de-France region.

Italian car made for road-racing in America - on view at Rétromobile.

If you are curious or want to know more about France's winter weather, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts. The warning-prone 'Vigilance-Météo' area is on the page's top left.

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