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Cindy Lee didn't manage to get the 500 necessary signatures to run for president either. But the plucky blond, besides having an attractive 'nombril,' does have a program.

This doorway is in the Rue Mouffetard.

She, like many other candidates, is for zero tolerance for delinquents - because one can't have a 'hedonist program without security.' Cindy is all for lower taxes and payroll deductions, but she hasn't taken a position on the Europe 'question' yet.

Very definitely she wants the Luxembourg transformed into a textile-free zone, and wants to see emergency care services for the love-lorn. Free plastic surgery is also on her platform.

I'm afraid Le Parisien isn't taking her seriously. While she needs to get five percent of the vote in order to get aid for campaign financing, she admits she may only get half of one percent.

Still, Cindy thinks she would make a good Ministre du Plaisir. Le Parisien thinks she is a little frog who wants to be bigger than the big bonzen.

Paris Internet

Paris has a new Web URL and it is http://www.paris.fr/. This started up on 22. March during the Fête de l'Internet here and was presented as 'Paris Ville Numérique,' which has been shortened to 'PARVI' for all of those who can't remember how to spell 'numérique' or don't know that it means 'digital.'

Behind the name the action is supposed to involve providing Internet access for all residents, in centres called 'Espaces Publics Numériques' - or 'EPN' for short - which are signalled by a logo for 'PARVI.' Two centres are already in operation.

I took a quick look at the new Web site, and it seems to be a work-in-progress, with some of the same material as the older http://www.paris-france.org/ site, but without any sign of English, because 'www.paris.fr' is supposed to provide services for residents.

The city also has its ambitions to provide aid for young entrepreneurs, or any Paris business that wants to get online. Finally; the city wants to make it easier for citizens to have dialogues with its leaders and its services, and get information from them. So far, it seems like a small start to a big program.

New Shortcut

I have good news for all who have faced thephoto: awnings incredibly huge trek across either the Pont Royal or the Pont de la Concorde, to get to or from the Musée d'Orsay.

You can now take the shortcut consisting of the Passerelle Solférino over the Seine and its corresponding tunnel under the Quai des Tuileries, to gain access to the left-bank museum or the Tuileries and the Rue de Rivoli.

On Saturday, enough sun for awnings to be necessary.

If you stay mainly on the left bank, here's your chance to make a rapid sortie to the right bank, just to find out how it feels, if you've ever been curious. The tunnel is open daily from 7:20 to 20:30 in summer - which is now, I guess.

Night Market

Most of Paris' outdoor marchés are only open in the mornings, but now there is one open on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 20:00 for those who like to get their tomatoes as the sun sets. This marché is located in the Place Baudoyer, beside the Rue de Rivoli, in front of the Mairie of the 4th arrondissement. The métro station Hôtel de Ville is closest.

'No Smoking Day' in Paris is next Friday, 31. May. This is associated with the WHO's 'Sport Sans Tabac,' which is the theme for this year's World No Smoking Day. For the occasion, the city will set up three 'No Future for Cigarettes' tents in front of the Hôtel de Ville.

Sports News

The French national soccer team played a 'friendly' pre-World Cup game against South Korea on Sunday and won the match by a score of 3-2.

While a score like this makes me think that the French actually won the game, according to Le Parisien 'Les Bleus' showed serious weaknesses, especially on defense, and to a lesser extent with their offense, running, kicking the ball, dribbling and other football fundamentals.

But the worst blow of all was the injury suffered by the team's star player, Zinedine Zidane.

As far as I can make out, his thigh collapsed from fatigue.

The fatigue of a long and rough football season with Real Madrid, the fatigue of becoming a father for the third time, the fatigue of a long flight to Japan and the transfers to the remote team hotel, and the fatigue of another flight to Korea and the necessary transfers to the place of the match at Suwon.

Le Parisien, which probably has more football reporters in Korea than there are French fans there, has described the outer appearances of the injury in extremely technical terms, that can probably only be understood by med students.

Basically, the muscle that provides the power for the leg to kick the ball is the one injured. Radiophoto: resto veg France-Info talked about it all day. Would he play the first game? Would he play within two weeks?

France has plunged into gloom because the statistics say that France wins more games when Zinedine 'Zizou' Zidane plays and doesn't win so many when he doesn't.

A little shade on this veg resto's terrace - but it's long after lunchtime.

While France nervously twists its handkerchiefs, Le Parisien admits that the French team has no less than three other players who can replace Zizou - Dugarry, Djorkaeff and Micoud.

But - aha! - the but! Zizou is mythic while the other three are merely good footballers. Le Parisien shuffles its player cards to propose all sorts of alternate tactics - all, in fact, used before - with success.

But in the end it is 'Le Coup Dur' on the front page and the 3-2 is 'Ils Ont Gagné Quand Même.' splashed across pages two through five, with more World Cup news on page 22, with the rest of sports news on pages 20 to 25.

George and Jacques surface on page 6, with "Cher George," "Cher Jacques"

Late Spring Weather Warnings

Paris is not an exciting weather area even though it has been a bit exciting today. All the more reason then, to pay attention to France- Météo's warnings.

France-Météo's alert service is mainly for northern, central, mountainous, eastern, western Atlantic coast, all types of southern and offshore areas of France - that occasionally or regularly have more extreme weather than the Ile-de-France region.

If you are curious or want to know more about France's so-called late spring weather, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts. Check out the warning-prone 'Vigilance-Météo' area on the opening page.

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