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If not 40,000, then there were 30,000 at Le Bourget yesterday. When Monsieur le Président Sarkozy took a tour of discussion stands, the crowds were dense. "Je ne l'ai pas vu," cried one luckless soul. Another shouted, "Nicolas, t'es trop petit!" "It's him, I confirm it," laughed a minister, "On ne le voit pas."

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The recent club meeting's 'Our Men In Black' club report is still available, although tickets are going fast.photo, l'atelier du pere noel If the black hats find a big echo they'll no doubt be returning for a continuation of the popular series.

In case you wondered what Santa's workshop looks like.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, which is on a Thursday again this week. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Viviane. This young Christian saint can be remembered for being whipped to death on the orders of Flavius Claudius Julianus, who was quite young too, and did not have a 33rd birthday.

Other, somewhat dryer facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The impressionistic graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks hardly better online than printed, but is not actually blurry. The club membership itself is absolutely free too, even if flying to meetings remains somewhat expensive.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.49 – 2. Dec 2002 – for this issue the Café Metropole column titles was, 'Metropole, 'On Strike!' A Café Life column was about 'Dimitri's First Car.' There was a feature titled 'Reds In My Street Wasn't In the Brochure.' For 'Wine News,' Allan wasn't on strike either. The week's Scène columns were repeats. The Café Metropole Club update for 5. December was headlined as the "Rock of Cashel Set On Fire" report.photo, sign, rue des glycines There were six new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "Ever Wonder About Retiring?"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 6.49 – 3. Dec 2001 – the week's Café Metropole column started with '150 Horses, 'Not Found.' For the curious there was something called 'About the Club Meeting In New York.' The week's Scène column was titled 'One–Night Stand, Once.' The Café Metropole Club update for 6. December produced the 'Prague of the Week' report. There were four regular Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "I Had a Dream..."

'Countdowns' Move On

The ancient feature 'Quote of the Week' is not back again for the fifth time in recent history because your editor completely forgot to 'borrow' a suitable quote. But I can't just leave you hanging here, so, "Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do" – which was said by somebody, but nobody anybody can remember.

The Only Real, Urgent, Actual, 'Countdown'

A couple of weeks ago, writing from then snow–bound New Jersey Jim Auman wrote, "The local weekly Frenchphoto, sign, rue gazan newspaper announced the upcoming 100th anniversary of the death of Jules Verne. But, in what is becoming more typical French non–reporting, the exact date was not announced. So, a trip to the Encyclopedia Britannica revealed that Monsieur Verne died on March 24, 1905 – not exactly a close, upcoming event."

Possibly not for New Jersey, no longer snowbound, but for Paris this major anniversary is still a mere 116 days from now.

One Famous Anniversary Today

On this, Albania's National Day, it is with great pleasure that I announce the birthday of France's Président, Jacquesphoto, xmas bunny of the week René Chirac. The joy is not confined to France alone or its overseas territories and offshore departments, because Jacques is also an ex–officio Co–Prince of Andorra. Jacques, like so many Parisians, was born in Paris. The ex–political science student is 72 today.

The Christmas bunny again.

A former street vendor of 'l'Humanité,' young Jacques had problems because of his lefty past when he later tried to enter the United States to attend Harvard University. However this was a minor annoyance compared to graduating first in his class at the Saumur tank academy, and then being threatened with a loss of rank when he joined the army. When eventually conscripted, with his correct rank, he volunteered for service in Algeria – where he was wounded. After graduating from the ENA, Jacques tried out working for the government as minister of finance, prime minister and mayor of Paris before getting the job he likes best, as Président of France. Happy birthday, Jacques!

Today's Other Additional 'Significant Dates of the Week'

There are only 31 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1314 when King Philippe IV 'le Bel' died, or in 1979 when Zeppo Marx did the same thing. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 334 days, the same number that 1762 had when zoologist Pierre–Andre Latreille was born, or in 1975 when Bill Gates coined the term 'Micro–soft' in a letter to Paul Allen.
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