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The buses, they say, are not frequent enough and they are too crowded. By this they mean that the three other close seats are not always empty.

Sports News

The Tour de France Tours Paris

Several hundred thousand bike fans turned out in yesterday's blistering heat to cheer for the 153 'survivors' of this year's Tour de France, which finished in colorful glory on the Champs-Elysées.

Americans present for the huge event helped share the overall win of Texan Lance Armstrong, riding for the US Postal team. The year's 'Tour' marked Armstrong's fourth consecutive victory, which puts him very close to becoming one of the few true larger-than-life giants of bicyledom.

There are only four racers who have won the 'Tour' five times. These are Jacques Anqueil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Armstrong said on TV last night that he would be back next year to try for his fifth victory, asphoto: volley ball, hotel de ville if it were some unfinished business. Given his determination, if he scores a win for the fifth, he will take a shot at an unique sixth win.

The beach-ball is so close to the Hôtel de Ville that the mayor can throw paper airplanes at it.

Equally acclaimed was Laurent Jalabert, wearing the red-pea shirt to the finish, who was participating in his last 'Tour' after a 14-year career as a professional bicycle racer. Fans made huge signs with the word, 'JAJA' on them, painted in any kind of red.

Armstrong seemed a bit emotional as the US anthem was played while he was on the victor's podium. His team, US Postal, finished the race in the leading position and its member riders will share a pot of 444,667euro 3 sign.

The Spanish team Once came in second, the Italian team Lampre were third, and Jalabert rode for the fourth place CSC team.

Richard Virenque, who was at the centre of the dope scandal two years ago, finished his 10th 'Tour' with one stage victory, having been the quickest to climb the difficult Mont Ventoux. Throughout this year's race he was treated with respect by the press.

But Armstrong was so - strong , so consistently - that some overexcited bike fans shouted 'dopé!' at him as he was catching up to Virenque on the way to the summit of Ventoux. In an interview at the top, he said that if he had a dollar for every time somebody shouted 'dopé' at him, he would be really rich.

The three week-long bike race is a time trial. Armstrong, who won only four of the 20 stages, but finished with an overall time of 82 hours, five minutes and 12 seconds. This elapsed time led second-place finisher Beloki of Spain's Once team by two minutes and five seconds.

Lance Armstrong expects to continue competition - for a few more years at least - but refuses to say that he will win a 5th or 6th Tour de France. As far as some detractors are concerned, he does not think the Tour de France is a popularity contest either.

If so, it seemed as if he came in an very close second to France's Laurent Jalabert yesterday, which was as popular as it is possible to get yesterday.

Internet Life

Spam Funnies

France has a watchdog unit that makes sure nobody gets up to any funny stuff on the 'Net. Somebody must have complained about spam emails, because the CNIL - which stands for 'Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés' - has charged one of its watchers with taking care of these complaints.

The CNIL has offered an email address that you are supposed to forward your spam to, so that the government organization can 'do something' about the perpetrators.

But the info newsletter 'Internet-Actu-Alerteur' says this is pretty funny because the CNIL seems to think it is merely going to have to deal with spam of French origin - somewhat along the lines of the well known 'France-wide Internet.'

With this in mind, we are invited to send our daily take of 10 spam emails to the guardian. Even if it is only 10, the poor guy charged with this mission is going to be working 24 hours a day, which means his legal workweek will be finished after a day and a half.

The Mac-info newsletter TidBITS ran a snap poll last week, asking its readers to indicate how many spam emailsphoto: cafe on the plage they are getting. Not claiming any scientific accuracy, 31 percent of the respondents reported they got more than 100 spam emails per week. Note that this exceeds the CNIL's reporting limit of 70.

One of the outdoor cafés at 'Paris Plage.'

Roughly, TidBITS said, half of the poll respondents receive between 20 and 100 spam messages a week. An Internet user like Metropole gets spam, but I've given up counting by numbers, and count by kilobytes instead. By not counting the darned real and phoney 'attachments' too, the daily total can be more than 200 Ko. An average legitimate email is usually between two and four Ko.

TidBITs estimates spam has increased tenfold within the last two years. Let's hope that France's CNIL is really serious about going after the spam merchants. To avoid needless overkill, I will not include its dedicated email address here.

During-the-Summer Weather Warnings

Paris has never been a thrilling weather area, but summer is here and boring weather may be good news. 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 - sometimes dangerous 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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