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An 'Interesting' May Day In View

This year's traditional May Day parade by students and workers on Wednesday is likely to be hugely amplified by political events, coming as it does only five days before the second round of the presidential election, on Sunday, 5. May.

Jean-Marie Le Pen has also called for his party's faithful to take part in the Front National's traditional May Day parade in Paris, from the statute of Jeanne d'Arc at the Place des Pyramides on the Rue de Rivoli, to the Opéra.

The above paragraphs are unchanged from the last edition because they are still true. But if you are in Parisphoto: poster, l'humanite, barrer la route you should know that the National Front's modest ceremony and parade will take place in the morning in central Paris, and the big parade with everybody else will take place in the afternoon, in eastern Paris.

Because of the past week's incessant street demonstrations, police beefed up their forces by 2000 and they will add an additional 1000 for next Wednesday's events.

Poster seen during Saturday's march, near Bastille.

The majority of the student and other demos have been held with very few incidents. In the late part of the week they were lent experienced security people by various unions, and police were also on hand in increasing numbers.

Radio-news said this morning that one union alone will make 500 security people available for Wednesday's parade, which is expected to draw at least quarter-million to march together from République to the Place de la Nation.

There was a rehearsal for this in so-so weather on Saturday. Police said that 40,000 took part. People were still lined to start at République when the head of the parade filled the Place de la Nation. Some photos of this are on this week's 'Au Bistro' page.

Your Emails

Rapid responses by 'Ed' to your emails has fallen far short of the guarantee given on the 'About' page. My constant intention is to change this situation, but lately I've found it impossible to keep up - so all I can say for the moment is that your welcome emails are being received here. They are being read with care and carefully saved for possible replies in the future.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you overlooked last Thursday's club meeting 'report' catch up with club news by hitting this link to the "I Just Want Some Red Shoes!" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 2. May. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Boris' day, which is no longer any other famous person's day as far as I know.

Readers with an urge to become real club members can scan the few minor details about this free club in 19 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday with a saint's name is even better and every Thursday has at least one. How to keep up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings and you can read them in this magazine, which is also online.

Record 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to save yourself typing out its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.18 - 30. April 2001 - This issue began with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Bouncing Back' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'A New Count-Down?' This issue had one feature titled 'On Foot for 30 Years - Paris' First 'Reporter.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 3. May was called the 'No Ice In Paris' Report. The week's 'Scene' column had the short title of 'Full House.' Therephoto: sign, rue du pas du mule were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'The New Locomotion.' To finish off there was a photo page titled, 'Storm Coming.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.18 - 1. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'May Day? May Day!' The 'Au Bistro' column continued with political news about 'The 'Sockless' President.' This issue had one feature titled 'Red Flags, Blue Skies, May Day.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 4. May asked, 'World's Worst Violins?' A companion club page discussed 'Wobbly Geography.' The 'Scene' column was in dream mode with 'Short-term 'Paris Beach'' The usual all-new four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'It Must Be Queens.' Why must it?

The 'Count-Down' Picks Sags Again

As of today, there are only 246 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 119 days now, but not long enough to become collector's items.

A count-down for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hour non-smoking flight without movies, commercials or airline-style hot meals from the United States isphoto: sign, axe rouge currently underway. He landed without a visa for France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 23 days from today.

For another, closer, date, the second round of voting for France's next Président is only six days from now. Despite this, no new posters have been posted up yet. At this rate, there may be no time to deface them.

Wind your clocks right up tight, turn over your egg-timers, get a blue - Blue! - marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down. Especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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