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While consumers have been denied a sort of election promise to raise the minimum wage by more than the legal minimum by the victors, there are still a lot of old francs hidden in mattresses that just might be brought into the light of day in order to pay lower than usual prices for extremely tiny bits of textiles called swim suits.

As in the past, the rules for these sales are strict. Only items that are actually in the shops the day the sales begin, can be put 'on sale.' All articles must display their original price stickers as well as their 'sale' prices.

The best bargains will go first because Parisians have been doing their usual pre-salephoto: gospel singers, music fete, avenue maine scouting. As time goes on during the sales, the sale prices will get discounted too - but the original price sticker must remain on the item.

Gospel singers drew a sizeable audience to the Avenue du Maine Friday night.

The two annual 'sale' times of the year are the only ones that permit merchants in France to sell below cost. Doing so at any other time is illegal. Sale items are generally marked down by 20 to 50 percent, which can amount to considerable savings if you intend to be in the market for French luxury items.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you are still too distracted by sports news, I can understand why you haven't time to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report.' But you can catch up with your club's news by hitting this link to the 'Forgotten Tab Remembered' report, which was a pretty neat 'first' when you think of it.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 27. June. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Fernand's day.

Readers who have a desire to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning this free club in 72 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping the virtual membership card off the screen.

Joining is easier than simple. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday is aces. Keeping up with club 'news' is no great chore either, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, right after I finish writing them slowly, and you can read them in this magazine, which is online too.

Save 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.26 - 25. June 2001 - The issue opened with the Café Metropole column titled, 'Say 'Hello' To Summer.' The 'Au Bistro' column had news for the carless with, 'Heaven for Buses?' This issue had one feature, titled 'In Part of the Rue Saint-Jacques.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 28. June was headlined 'The 'Nothing of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled, 'Beginning 2001's 2nd Half.' Therephoto: sign, place de la commune de paris were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Paris Cars On Hols.' The issue finished off with a photo page titled 'The Longest Day.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.26 - 26. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column asked an age-old question, 'What's Normal Anyway?' The 'Au Bistro' column was skipped in favor of a Fête de la Musique report, 'A Little Night Music - With Amplification.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 22. June, appeared two days later dated on Saturday, and was highlighted by 'The Phone Call of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Paris Wakes Up While Parisians Take Off.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Triple Rouge.'

Countdown To Saturday, 13. July

Despite the several important upcoming dates that could be suitable 'countdown' candidates - only two of them are here this week, for different reasons.

As of today, there are only 190 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 175 days now - nearly six whole months! - more than long enough for everybody to treat it like dirty money.

This week's second countdown is to Saturday, 13.photo: sign, place samson July, which is only 19 days off. This date is the eve of Bastille Day, when most of the street parties take place - weather permitting - with the official stuff happening the following day.

The parade on the Champs-Elysées is important, but a lot of people tend to skip it so they will have strength enough to go to see the fireworks on the 14th at the Tour Eiffel. Parisians got in some practice for this during the Fête de la Musique, which was mild enough for everybody to be outside.

Of course, if you've just gotten off a plane from Australia after looking at canned videos of fireworks for 22 hours straight, maybe you'd rather just skip the whole thing and get up early enough on Monday to see the garbagemen sweeping up the remains of the Fête.
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