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The dead Yves Montand tops the living Johnny Hallyday but Brigitte Bardot – still with us – trumps lit guys de Maupassant, Dumas, Balzac and Verlaine. Same thing happens between the dead François Mitterrand and the living president, Jacques Chirac. Near the bottom, the goat smelling – according to the Brits – Jean–Paul Sartre scores slightly ahead of the living Catherine 'Like Roses' Deneuve, who in turn is two places ahead of Gérard 'The Mogul' Depardieu.

But all of these are also–rans. The top ten list, alphabetically, runs like this: Abbé Pierre, Bourvil, Coluche, Jacques–Yves Cousteau, Marie Curie, Charles de Gaulle, Victor Hugo, Molière, Louis Pasteur and Edith Piaf.

The good Abbé has been campaigning for an improvement in housing conditions for thephoto, brass band, sunday French since 1947, and to judge by what he says every December, housing here is still in a sorry state. I only mention this as an example proving that a French hero need not be successful or rich, and it is not strictly necessary to only have one name.

Sunshine bands were playing all over town.

The main problem with choosing one 'true hero' from the top ten list is that the other 90 candidates are excluded. This is at odds with French democracy, which usually stipulates that elections have two rounds – one to get rid of the riff–raff, and the final when the knives come out.

For another example, there is Louis XIV sitting at place number 50, exactly halfway between one and 100. Famous for building Versailles because he was scared of the Parisians, famous for his toilet, famous for living a long time and getting taxes collected on time, Louis 'Le Roi Soleil' Bourbon was a very big hat in French history. Too bad we can't vote for him.

As for the ten above, you may be able to vote too. The polls are now open for 'Le plus grand Français de tous les temps.'

What's that Smell?

While Americans continue to enjoy their 'Freedom Fries' and express general support for securing oil imports from 'willing' Middle East countries, Christophe Oudelin scouts fast–food outlets and offers to take their used deep–fry oil off their hands, which he re refines for use as car gas.

After years of experimentation and the skillful modification of his Peugeot 405 diesel, it now runs prettyphoto, fiat 500 good on fillups of recycled sunflower seed oil. He explained to APF that he filters it twice to get rid of fish bones, grease and wax.

The 'Fiat 500 of the Week' might run on frite juice too.

The only problem is that the oil must be pre–heated in winter, and the special setup requires another fuel pump. He said that mileage is good and the resulting power is better than with diesel. The slight odor of frites 'is not disagreeable,' he maintained.

He told the newspaper 'La Provence' about his new fuel last week. With some friends he formed a group called 'Roule Ma Frite' to promote the new gas, which pollutes less than unleaded super or diesel. The group travels around to local fairs and salons for 'eco-energy' – partly to pick up more used cooking oil. Monsieur Oudelin hopes that the buses in Marseille will begin using his fuel. Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoë has not expressed himself yet.

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