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Headline of the Week

Last Saturday's Le Parisien shouted, "CA–PI–TAL!" France's national football team was supposed to beat up Ireland in the Stade de France that evening. Since the score was 0–0 it was very hard to find in today's edition, where it was buried in a story about the national team now having to beat up Cyprus in two days.

But the real 'Story of the Week' has been the incredible controversy – polémique! – surroundingphoto, ile de la cite, sq vert galant Turkey's entry into the European Union. At a meeting in Brussels the EU's leaders decided to consider Turkey's application to join Europe. If it goes well and full speed ahead, it should only take about 15 years.

But in France political leaders went bonkers. They want a debate in the Assembly National. Okay, says the president, they can have one but no vote. "No vote?" they scream. No, because Jacques Chirac has already said France is going to have a referendum on the subject. Nobody asks why France's Eurodeputies can't handle it.

Speaking from China where he's busy selling Aibuses and streetcars, Président Chirac yesterday said, "The French will have the last word." Meanwhile all political parties are splintering every which way about voting 'yes' or 'no' on the proposed European Constitution. It's like two storms in one teapot.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

You can find the latest 'Extraterrestrial Intelligence' club repor online as the season slides into falling rain. Patrick, the 'Waiter of the Week,' didn't say there wasphoto, pont des arts 'beaucoup du monde' waiting in the club's area in the 'grande salle' again. The outer space 'intelligence' thing was real, and a true 'first' worth reading about.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. October. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Juste. This is another early christian who was a IVth century Bishop of Lyon, who ended up being a hermit in the Egyptian desert in repentance for having abandoned a murderer to a vindictive mob. The good news is that Saint–Juste's remains were returned to Lyon.

The 139th photo of the Pont des Arts.

Equally important facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The streamlined graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks several times better online than printed, but is free both ways. The club membership itself is totally free too, because it costs zilch.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.42 – 13. Oct 2003 – the Café Metropole column's title was, 'Fleeting Heat.' There was a Paris Life column headed, 'Stunned in Orsay,' by Laurel Avery. The issue's Email feature was headlined 'The Télégraphe Explained' by Jefferey T. Spaulding. The Café Metropole Club update for 16. October was called the "Einstein is Worried About Us" report. There were fourphoto, candy, kiss bonbon new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "Only 14 Cafés More"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.42 – 14. Oct 2002 – the head for the Café Metropole column was 'Fabulous Fictional Fall Weather.' The Au Bistro column was missing again but the Scène column was titled 'Constable and Jimi Hendrix.' As it was two years ago there was also 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002' is Coming.' The Café Metropole Club update for 17. October was a true Paris wonder with the 'Five Buck Water' report. There were four terrific Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Nobel Peace Prize for Peanuts.'

Repeal of the 'Countdowns'

The countdown to the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric– August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty, is over. He died 100 years ago a week ago. The Musée des Art et Métiers will have more to say about this, according to this week's 'Scène' page.

Famous Anniversaries of the Week

We should remember today for the birth of the writer François Mauriac in 1885 in Bordeaux because he was elected to the Académie française in 1933, and then went on to be awarded with a Nobelphoto, foot, nails prize in 1952. Today also marks the death of Chico Marx, who left us in 1961.

Two years later, on the same day, Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau died. She was 48 and he was 74. In 1963 the 11. October was a Friday and Edith Giovanna Gassion died about 7:00, and Cocteau went at 13:00. They had been friends for 20 years.

September's 'Significant Date of the Week'

From last week's, "Monday, 4. October 1582 was the day that Pope Gregory XIII put the Gregorian calendar on the map, vaporizing 10 days forever. In Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain the following day was Tuesday, 15. October. In France it was still 9 days earlier."

About which Jim Auman crisply commented, "Don't forget that it took Great Britain nearly 200 years more to adopt the Gregorian calendar. In 1751 the new calendar was officially adopted. A year later, in September 1752, ten days following September 2 were declared illegal aliens and deported. What should have been September 3 became September 14. Riots ensued and the construction of the Chunnel was irreparably delayed."

One question – who decided 10 days had to go? Could it have had anything to do with our metrical European time zones?

Today's Other 'Important Dates of the Week'

There are only 81 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1927, when Jean Mermoz and Elisée Négrin made the first non–stop flight between Toulouse and Saint–Louis–du– Sénégal. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 285 days, the same number that 1854 would have if Oscar Wilde had been born on 11. October in Dublin instead of 16. October, 150 years ago.
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