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Residents protested that removing the tickets was illegal. When they phoned the commissariat to complain, they were reportedly told 'to mind their own business.' Residents are not happy that cars owned by police personnel are parking–ticket free, especially the ones in the places reserved for commercial delivery vehicles.

Headline of the Week

"La Télé Gay est Arrive" – in Le Parisien, Friday, 30. January. This headline is actually a runner–up to Le Parisien's other headline, below:

Biggest Movie Review of the Year

This award goes to last Wednesday's Le Parisien for devoting two–thirds of its front page, and all of its inside pages two and three, to a total trash of the newly released movie, 'RRRrrrr !!!'

Page two repeated the front page's five centimetre–high three–letter headline of 'NUL' with 'RRRrrrraté! – followed by a black dot. A page three headline said, 'Stop Unfunny Comedies!'

Libération treated the same film in its usual inside movie review location, with only a quarter–page mention. This paper generously said the movie was not the fault of its director, Alain Chabat.

A lesser headline on Wednesday's Le Parisien page one, with the super–line 'Télévision,' asked, 'Voulez-vous savoir plus sur Hitler?'

The Regular Plugs – for the First Time In February

Metropole's Lodging page is online and in every issue. Listing your apartment or house for rent on this page will create a good chance of finding tenants for it.

Unlike Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not 'free.' Write today to enquire about details. Your suggestions will be welcome. To those who have already enquired, thanks.

Metropole's Only Version Is 'Shareware'

I can't get around the problem of putting out a free virtual magazine, so I am asking readers to consider Metropole Paris as 'shareware.' If the magazine 'works' for you, contributing a bit towards its upkeep will do wonders for keeping it online.

'Keeping Metropole flying' is simple. You can send your contributions today by hitting this link to the 'support Metropole' page.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click your cursor on this link to have a look at the last meeting's the 'Sunglasses of the Week' club 'report.' Paris was extremely sunny, so a lot of club members showed up for the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

photo: bench, st germainSome insignificant details concerning the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it for yourself using your own ink and paper. The card is valid for your whole lifetime worldwide, but super–valid in Paris.

Some of the snow is still left in the Quartier Latin.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 5. February. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Gaston. He is not in the Saint's book and the only other Gaston I can find is Gaston de Foix, who was nicknamed 'Phébus' – Apollo's first name. In the 14th century Gaston fought against the Armagnacs, and was a big literary dude in Orthez too. He willed all his belongings to the king.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.06 – 3. Feb 2003 – The Café column's headline was 'Finally Wired, with Only a Buzzer Left To Go.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Françoise and Modigliani at La Ruche – Montparnasse Adventures by Guillaume.' The Café Metropole Club update for 6. February resulted in the 'First Major Spa Honored' report. Metropole's Scène column was back with 'What Isn't Rétro Seems Very Modern.' There were four spanking new 'Posters of the Week' andphoto: sign, rue huyghens Ric's cartoon of the week had the caption, 'Being Broke In Euros' – making this another dubious anniversary issue.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.06 – 4. Feb 2002 – The Café Metropole column's headline was ' Only a Day! Late' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Sketchy 'euro' Report.' This issue contained two features titled, 'The Palais de Tokyo – With Two Views of Modern Art' and 'Is It True? – Is France a Hypochondriac?' An email feature asked, 'Is It the 'Year of the Hugo?' The Café Metropole Club update for 7. February was the 'Whole 'Band of Moyers' report. The headline for the Scène column's was 'Held Over One Week.' There were four remarkable 'Posters of the Week' and Ric the sports–crazed editor and cartoonist decided the week's cartoon caption should be, 'Ever More Interesting – Winter Sports.'

Countdowns Forever, Part 98

This year notes the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric–August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His death occurred on Tuesday, 4. October.

As you are 'counting–down' 246 days until this year's Monday, 4. October, you'll have time to learn more about Bartholdi's life and works by visiting the virtual Musée–Bartholdi, plus the real one as well if you happen to be in France.

Saint–Augustin is another big figure in French history to have a countdown this year. He was born on Saturday, 13. November 354 at Souk Ahras in Algeria and died 76 years later in Annaba, on the coast, about 75 kilometres away. The days remaining until the anniversary of his birthdate this year are 286. It is 1574 years since Saint–Augustin's death in 430.

For a major literary event, we should also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birthdate of Jeant–Nicolast–Arthur Rimbaud, which is on Wednesday, 20. October, 262 days from now.

An even bigger lit. hoopla will be made this year for George Sand, who was born 200 years ago on Sunday, 1. July 1804. This year will officially be the 'Année George Sand' all year long. For lots more, Cécile Pichot's Web site is worth aphoto: sign, stationnement tolere, trottoir visit as is the one run by Marc Nadaux. I almost forgot. This 'count–down' lasts 151 days, until 1. July.

The date of the Normandy landings in WWII was on Tuesday, 6. June 1944. The 60th anniversary of this fateful day for 2,846,439 allied liberators is 126 days from now, on a Sunday this year.

Another WWII event 60 years ago to note is the liberation of Paris. Its official date is Friday, 25. August 1944. This date is 206 days from now. The liberation started on Tuesday, 15. August, with a strike – by the Métro and the police – followed by more strikes until the shooting started on Saturday, 19. August. Five days later the first tanks of the 2nd French Armored Division reached the Hôtel de Ville at 20:45 on Thursday, 24. August. Général de Gaulle arrived the following day, slightly less than three hours after the German surrender.

Paris, Ville Antique

Here is a Web site tip. The Ministry of Culture's 'Paris, Ville Antique' is worth an in–depth look, firmly in the 'now–for–something–different' department. Amaze your friends and neighbors with new–found knowledge about daily life in Paris 2000 years ago.

Deep, Deep In 2004

Although tiresome, there are still 333 days left this year. But there are only 28 days left until our bonus 'Leap–Year' day extra in February, which may be a public holiday called Sunday, in some parts of the world. .

In spite of the freak sunshine and above–average temperatures – we are still allowed to skate on semi–frozen but slushy rinks in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse, or maybe even the one out at La Défense – where local winds may blow your hat away.
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