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Here are the winner's names and their winning slogans. A balloon ride with France Mongolfières is the first prize. Second and third prizes will be decided shortly, and the seven fourth prizes will be distributed to their winners as soon as the organizers get organized.



1. Francine Harcourt Caplan

Liberté Started Here

2. James MacNeil

The French Aren't Rude – They Just Treat People the Way They Act

3. Bill Bloom

There Is a Reason Great Americans Live In France

4. Betty & Jerry Blizin

In Seine Over Paris

4. Laurence S. Wechsler

France – Join the Paté

4. Dana Shaw


4. James MacNeil

Paris – Never Out of Style

4. Jeffrey & Denise Widen

Eiffel 4 France, You Will 2

4. John McCulloch

Bastille My Heart

4. Sally Dilgart

France – Because Life Is an Art

This fabulous Bumper–sticker Slogan Contest was jointly produced in Heather's Secrets of Paris newsletterphoto: winning slogan, fiat punto and in Metropole. We jointly thank all contestants for thinking up all the slogans and sending them to us.

The latest details about the winners of the contest haven't been added to the aptly–named Contest page yet, but will be very soon. What you have here is the freshest 'news.' The winners will also be informed directly by emails soon.

Europe Changes on May Day

With ten new countries being added to the European Union on Saturday, the population of the 'old continent' will jump about 100 million, to 450 million. This doesn't necessarily mean that Paris' May Day parade will be bigger than usual – because the European reception will be in Dublin.

Europe will gain three Baltic states, five countries in central Europe and two island states in the Mediterranean Sea. It is about as if the United States was joined by Mexico and Canada – except for the two Mediterranean islands. Read more about it in Metropole's next issue.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

photo: ricqles waterThis 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a fuzzy idea of the occasionally unusual times to be had at some club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about joining. Luckily, it isn't much.

The 'Drink of the Week' whatever it is. If it gets up your nose, you'll need a big hankie.

Become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member in seconds by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, or 'rules.' The 'rules' were abolished by the club's members long ago. Some are remembered fondly, some less so.

Why Not, How, Where, Who, What, When?

The weekly Thursday club meetings start around 15:00, on days that have Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the somewhat greater European Time of Paris' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps douces de avril ou mai' although they are sometimes – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All club meetings are held in Paris.

Doing anything at a meeting – like being at one – is considered the opposite of not being at one. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a somewhat greater 'report' value over 'true.' Actually 'true' is acceptable too, especially if it's almost plausible.

One note of caution – you may have any one of a hundred personal reasons for not wanting to be traceable viagraphic: club location map the Web. If so, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found' in a club report.

Former 'rules' are still 'former' and have been eliminated from the club's volumes of chronicles except for all the original rules still online buried deep in the archives, which you can read if you can find them. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been suspended forever, quite a bit like all the 'rules,' except one.

Making any sort of comments at meetings is fine. If there's an empty chair sit – optional – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. If they are listening, whatever you say may be honestly appreciated by other club members present, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as some of it is occasionally.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Pittsfield became a 'City of the Week' without even trying for nearly a year.

The café's location is:

Café–Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny – or – 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre–Rivoli, Pont–Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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