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The state also reimburses the costs of campaign advertising - such as the cost of printing posters - but only for candidates who receive at least five percent of the votes in the first round. Other expenses are also paid back, under complicated formulas.

Then there are three reporting conditions to be met, and if the votes received are under five percent, or the books don't balance, then the candidate is out of luck.

Finally, there is a penalty clause for not having equality of the sexes - and no parties in the running yesterday had this. This deduction is another complicated formula.

Another Number - the 11th

My quartier is in Paris' 11th electoral district. There are 53,803 residents registered to vote. Yesterday there were 20 candidates. Together they received 37,965 votes, with a corresponding abstention rate of 28.8%.

Sixteen of the candidates each received less than five percent of the ballots cast. They have to pay for their campaigns themselves.

Of the four remaining, three will be in the race next Sunday because they all got more than 12.5% of the votes.

Nicole Catala is the outgoing deputy. She ran on a RPR ticket, which is Jacques Chirac's former party, but was not chosen to be the candidate for the Président's new party, the UMP. Madame Catala received 13.7% of the votes cast.

She is reported to have said that she will make way for Dominique Versini of the UMP who is in number two place, and if the UDF voters of Yves Ogé join in, they should be able to count on more votes than Yves Cochet of 'Les Verts,' whophoto: street demo, 24 april is supported by the Socialists, and will possibly get the PC's votes too.

But who will get what from public funds, still remains to be seen - as well as the outcome of this particular race.

Voter turnout was slightly higher in Paris than in the rest of the country.

Only four candidates were elected to represent Paris electoral districts in the National Assembly in the first round yesterday - voters in the remaining 17 electoral districts have go back to the polling stations next Sunday.

Le Parisien's guess is that when the smoke clears a week from today, the right will lose a seat to end up with 11, and the left will gain a seat, going up to ten.

Internet Life

New Paris Web Site

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.'

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.

Sports News

Tennis - Spain vs Spain

Spain won the men's singles at this year's International tennis tournament at Roland Garros. Actually, I should say Catalonia's Albert Costa won it, because this tournament is not like the Davis Cup, when country teams compete.

Tennis - Williams vs Williams

Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams at this year's Grand Slam Open at Roland Garros. The real winner, as seen on TV, couldn't lose. This was their mom, Mrs. Williams. Their dad, Richard Williams, stayed away so nobody could say there was any 'arrangement' about the outcome.

World Cup

France runs a risk of getting eliminated from the World Cup tournament if it doesn't win by at least two goals more than Denmark in their match coming up tomorrow.

For this reason, the French team is likely to unveil its secret weapon, Zinedane Zidane. The Parisien is fond of saying that this player is the number one worldwide, and has hinted that he has been held in reserve with the excuse that one of the muscles on one of his kicking legs - he has two - has a pimple on it.

Shown on TV in training, Zindane's left upper leg seems to indeed be wrapped in some sort of bandage. Eagle-eyedphoto: moto, champs elysees French fans saw him gingerly tapping the football, so all that is really known is that he is able to stand up.

Final training sessions have been held under a media blackout, lending credence to the 'secret weapon' theory. French strategists also point out that Italy came from far behind in 1982, to win the championship and we should think the 'Bleus' will do this too although nobody on the team is Italian.

Another favorite sport is known here as riding down the Champs-Elysées on a Saturday afternoon.

For the other crucial matches, there has been huge attendance at the outdoor giant screens set up at the Place de la l'Hôtel de Ville in Paris and out at the esplanade at La Défense.

Metropole's exclusive photo of the crowd at the Hôtel de Ville last Thursday disappeared into the virtual cosmic code space, so you will have to imagine what Paris' city hall looks like when 5000 fans are standing in front of it, cheering or groaning.

Just-Before-Summer Weather Warnings

Paris is not an exciting weather area and lately the weather has been duller than usual. Little reason then, to pay attention to France- Météo's warnings, unless you are somewhere else in France.

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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