The City Of Light Glows With Holiday Cheer

 Galeries Lafayette Aglow with Lights

The City of Light Glows with Holiday Cheer

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #35

Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I arrived back in Paris yesterday to a beautifully sunny blue-skied day and an evening in the City of Light particularly aglow — as it is this time of year. Many of the market streets make a special effort to decorate for the holidays. There is even an association to provide counsel on technique and creativity — l’Association des Concepteurs d’Eclairage (ACE). Those streets known for being the most innovative are: rue de Belleville, boulevard Saint-Germain, rue de Rivoli, rue Mouffetard and avenue de Saint-Ouen. then, of course, the department stores are not to be missed, particularly Galeries Lafayette whose eastern motif lights have been brightening up the entire Opéra area for the past few years.

Add to your list of things to do one or more of the 15 concerts starting today playing through December 16th in the name of peace, tolerance, respect and charity — works transcending three religions taking place in ten churches and other locations throughout the city as part of the “Festival d’Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris.” Pierre et Gilles’ imaginary baroque work titled “Simplicité, Grâce et Eloquence” is the publicity poster for the event. Cost is 10 euros per place. For more information, scroll down to the calendar or visit the site at for the list of concerts and their locations.

Legal advisor, Jean Taquet, addresses two legal questions in this month’s holiday issue of his monthly Q and A (no issue in January) — Read Jean’s column in its entirety by visiting /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html and to read ten years worth of Jean’s valuable advice, you may want to get a copy of “The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France,” a compilation of his monthly columns over ten years — more than 300 questions and answers that are real-life stories from individuals who have lived here before, who have confronted practical situations that will inevitably resemble those you might face when living abroad. Their situations can give you a wealth of experiential information on which you can build a life in France.

Building a life in France usually starts with where you “hang your hat” and call home. Lots of our readers are discovering the advantages of owning property here, especially now while values are rising steadily and healthily. Along with a line-up of Paris’ best professionals, we’re going to be talking about how to make your property investment in France grow and pay off at our upcoming December 29th Invest in France Seminar here in Paris. There are still some seats left to make this valuable learning experience part of your exciting holiday in Paris. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_home.html for more information or contact Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected], phone in the U.S. 1-310-427-7589.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Don’t confuse Parler Paris with any other newsletter about Paris! If it isn’t from “[email protected],” then it isn’t Parler Paris!…And don’t forget, Friday’s Paris Property Picks has become a special feature of French Property Insider. You will still receive Parler Paris Mondays (open topic) and Wednesdays (Parler Paris Previews — A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris). French Property Insider is a weekly e-letter devoted to property in France… sharing insights, recommendations, tips and discoveries about property in both Paris and France including how to find the home of your dreams, how to get an inexpensive mortgage and how to make the move simple and easy. Click here to see for yourself and subscribe: /frenchproperty/insider

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Calendar #35
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Paris, France

If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Erin Zaleski at [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies

Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
Saturday, December 11, 2004

Sylvie Braitman presents “De Varsovie a Paris, ou comment ma grand mere a decouvert l’amour.” Accompanied by Pierre Cleitman, accordion.

Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot
75011 PARIS
Métro Oberkampf
16 euros/12 euros for members


Moving Parts Play Readings In English

Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries
Sundays 7:30 p.m.

The following readings have been organized by Moving Parts
with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.

Always on Sundays, always at 7.30 p.m.!

Plays in English:

5th December Shena Wilson “Don’t be Daft”
9th January Charles Borkhuis “Dusk”
23rd January Elena Kaufman “Our Mothership Sails”
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
6th March Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
20th March Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
17th April NC Heikin (title TBA)

Plays in French :
19th December Kartik Singh “Aicha” (2nd reading)
6th February Michael Diantonio “Epidéo”
3rd April Romain Bisseret (title tba)
1st May Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
May 2005 onwards available dates
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website:
or send an e-mail to Stephanie: [email protected] to receive the monthly mailings
For further information contact:
Stephanie Campion on:


Drama Ties Theatre Company presents three plays in English, at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th:

by Kester Lovelace
Inspired by the classic Mark Twain novel, The Prince and the Pauper
Britain is in crisis, after the abdication of its two Princes. A new TV reality, Prince Academy, show is launched to find the young man who can sing, dance and charm Princesses. The favorite to win changes places, unseen by the cameras seeing, with a maths geek. The audience will get to vote to decide the end of the story.
Monday 10 January 2005 – 14:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 13 January 2005 – 10:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
with Maja Bieler, Elena Kaufman, Simon-Timothy Marozzi.
Directed by Kester Lovelace
Songs by David Stanley
Tickets: 13 euros 35 euros (families)

All Bookings:
Drama Ties Theatre Company
[email protected]


Théâtre Pixel presents…

Bus Stop by William Inge

“In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning…”
Come see the play the New York Times calls “an uproarious comedy that never sways from the truth.”

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. until December 18th
18 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, Métro: Simplon
14 euros/9.50 euros for students and unemployed


The Improfessionals’ Impro à la carte

Wednesday, December 1st – 7:30 p.m. at Les 7 Lézards

Resist the falling temperature outside -Come along to our steamy kitchen and warm up from the inside!
Pick games and themes for the scenes from our special improvisation menu.
In the second half of the show we present you a longer story, inspired by one of your suggestions!

Les 7 Lézards
10 rue des Rosiers 75004 PARIS Métro: St Paul
10 euros/8 euros (tarif réduit)

Want to know more about the Improfessionals? Visit our website:


On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle through January 2005
Travellin’ Light by Nicholas Calderbank
A free-wheeling comedy suitable for ages and linguistic levels.

8 Rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
10 euros/8 euros for students and unemployed

Literary Events

Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers

November Salons finalized!

Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children, Beloved and Invisible Man.
Sign up soon- each session is limited to 10 participants.

Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Beloved Starting Nov. 8th
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Short Stories Starting Nov. 9th
Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Hamlet Starting Nov. 9th

January Salons Now Forming!

Now is the time to put in your requests for January Salons. I want as much lead time as possible to collect resources and create schedules. Are there texts you have always wanted to read but just couldn’t dig into on your own? Was there a work you read in your earlier days that you would like to re-discover? Send me suggestions…I will put together selections and potential time slots in the coming weeks.

Works or writers for consideration:
Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Virginia Woolf, J.D. Salinger
Jane Austen, Salman Rushdie
Beowulf, William Faulkner
D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck & Emile Zola

These are just some of my ideas…I would love to hear yours!

Call or email [email protected] for more information.

What’s on in the City of Light

Picks: Photography Exhibitions

Le photographe photographié, l’autoportrait en France 1850-1914
From Friday, November 5th 2004 to Sunday, February 13th 2005
Maison de Victor Hugo – Hôtel de Rohan Guémenée – 75014 Paris

Vu d’Italie, 1841-1941, un siècle de photographie italienne dans les collections du Musée Alinari
From Wednesday, November 10th 2004 to Sunday, March 6th 2005
Pavillon des Arts – 75001 Paris

New York et l’art moderne
Alfred Stieglitz et son cercle 1905-1930
From T

uesday, October 19th 2004 to Sunday, January 16th 2005
Musée d’Orsay – 75007 Paris

‘Documentary and anti-graphic photographs’, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson et Walker Evans
Reconstitution de l’exposition de Julien Levy à New York en 1935
From Wednesday, September 8th 2004 to Sunday, December 19th 2004
Fondation H.C.B – Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson – 75014 Paris

Robert Capa
Connu et inconnu
From Wednesday, October 6th 2004 to Friday, December 31st 2004
Bibliothèque Nationale de France – BNF Département des estampes et de la photographie – 75002 Paris

Vintages 1953-1966
Mario Giacomelli
From Thursday, November 4th 2004 to Saturday, December 4th 2004
Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès – 75006 Paris

Edouard Boubat
From Friday, October 29th 2004 to Wednesday, December 1st 2004
Galerie Agathe Gaillard – 75004 Paris

L’oeil et la plume
Une amitié Robert Doisneau et Robert Giraud
From Friday, November 5th 2004 to Saturday, December 4th 2004
Galerie 1900-2000 – 75014 Paris

La Véronique
Frank Horvat
From Friday, October 29th 2004 to Thursday, December 30th 2004
Galerie Dina Vierny – 75006 Paris


James Kigin’s photo opening

Thursday, December 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the 3eme Salon International du Très Petit Format

Attend the opening night of a vernissage for a collective exhibit of artists in which James Kigin has been invited to participate with several of his recent photographs: a few from his web site ( and a series from this August’s 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.
If you can’t make the opening on December 9th, you are invited to come to the closing on Sunday December 19th, from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm.
Or come any other time in between and if you’d like to meet James at the gallery, give him a call or send him an SMS at, or an email: [email protected].

Musical Interludes

Don’t miss Pop Group Mary Modified this Friday at Salle Langevin, where the group will complete in a “tremplin” with three in Choisy le Roi.
Doors open at 20h00. So come out and support your local band!

Mary Modified is a 5-member electro-pop group with American
singer/songwriter, Jen Jordan. Her sensitive, melodic songs have been compared to Dido and Alanis Morrisette.
All lyrics in English.

Salle Langevin
31/33 rue Albert 1er
Choisy le Roi – 94
Entry is free

Also in concert December 20th, 8:30 p.m.
La Scène
2 bis, rue des Taillandiers Paris 11
M° Ledru Rollin / Bastille
Cover: 10 euros
(opening act: French pop group Montparnasse)


“Aloha Noel”
L’Ukulele Club de Paris
La Java
December 14th and 15th at 8:30 p.m.


Festival d’Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris through December 16th

15 concerts in 10 of the city’s most stunning churches (and other venues) including Notre Dame and Église St. Germain-des-Prés.

For more information and a schedule of events visit:, phone


The European Choir of Paris and its instrumental ensemble present…

Requiem de Mozart Thursday, December 16th and Saturday December 18th at Eglise Saint-Séverin.

3 rue des Prêtres
75005 Paris
Métro: St.-Michel
20/30 euros
Réservation: or or

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi

Next Meeting: December 14th, 2004 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers


Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]

Its 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.

GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel: 01 43 26 12 88
[email protected]


Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday

Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.

15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en L’Ile, 75004 Paris.
The Métros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie.
Farther away is St. Paul.

15 euros and lots of business cards.


Thanks for reserving via return email! Or call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel:
E-mail: [email protected]


27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.

Jim Haynes
Atelier A2
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris, email [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of their great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before the Year is Over

Learn the best ways to watch your money and real estate investment grow before your very eyes…all while gazing at the world’s most famous monument over a frothy café crème.

Now’s your opportunity to take a holiday vacation in the most romantic and beautiful city in the world and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money double (and even triple — like mine has since I bought my Marais apartment just four short years ago).

December 29th, the first 100 individuals to register will learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate…how to make the most of the rest of their lives while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
Take just one full power-packed day, this coming December 29th — in Paris, France. Learn how…



Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…

245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.

For more information, [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris

Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Berlitz Opera
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At Eurocentres
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership And General Information
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59

For Our Bay Area Friends


Author Event

12/7: Reception and Book Signing with Wine Importer Kermit Lynch
Where: Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
When: 12/7 at 5:30 PM
Tickets: Mechanics’ Institute members $7.00, public $10.00
Reservations: Event + Book: MIL members $47 or Public $50
Reservations: Event only 415-393-0100 or [email protected]
Reserve today! This event will sellout quickly!


My Father’s Journey
Conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman
written with Katherine Rosenberg-Wohl
With Jim Rebhan, accordion and Annette Brodovski, violin Thursday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 4th, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Thick Description is pleased to announce My Father’s Journey, a one-woman show conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman, with accompaniment by Jim Rebhan, accordion, and Annette Brodovski, violin. My Father’s Journey will be performed Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm. All performances will be at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Tickets are $18.00; for reservations, please call 415-401-8081. My Father’s Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman ‘s father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The
90 minute piece dramatically weaves stories with instrumental and vocal music while weaving together the story of father and daughter, revealing the Holocaust’s effect on Ms. Braitman as her father’s life unfolds in time with her own:

Thick House
1695 18th Street
San Francisco
Tickets: $18
Info: 415.401.8081

Film Screenings

*** FREE Movie Tickets ***
Paid-members only eligible. Not Yet a Member? Join now, and you will be entered to win the tickets.

12/17- A Very Long Engagement Where: Landmark Theatres check or local newspaper for time and theater. The first 20 new or existing members to email [email protected] will win a pair of tickets.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Audrey Tatou and Jodie Foster.

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

France seems to be one of those places where Mercury is always retrograde. This country’s strange relationship to technology may be at the root of that. It seems the French don’t really trust progress all that much; they insist on a measure of tradition in all aspects of living. What I’ve noticed is that any technology you need is available, but you have to go looking for it. It doesn’t just show up at your door. And in an odd way people are still fascinated by what was old news in the United States three years ago. There is practically a line outside my door to experiment with my BlueTooth wireless mouse.

Anyway — Mercury is in fact retrograde as of early Tuesday. This is a condition that comes along three times a year for about a month. The astronomical aspect involves Mercury overtaking Earth in its orbit around the Sun, since Mercury makes three orbits of the Sun for every one that the Earth makes (hence, it happens three times a year). It seems that the traditional wisdom about Mercury retrograde really does hold: don’t make major purchases or sign important agreements, if at all possible, till this condition passes.


‘s not always possible to avoid these things, of course, in which case it’s necessary to have escape clauses and allow for renegotiation once the retrograde is over. It’s wise to expect revisions, probably delays and a bit of confusion, which teaches us to respect our communication processes. This is the time to practice making clear agreements and having contingency plans.

The physical objects of communication need to be treated with extra respect during this phase as well; computers should not be taken for granted, files need to be backed up carefully, SAVE your work when you’re beginning a project, and take extra care with hardware and software.

Remember that Mercury is the trickster, and he’s always got a good joke up his sleeve.

Happy Birthday Sagittarius!

Stand your ground. You may not be able to see the strength of your position, but I assure you that others do. If you refuse to let the doubts and misgivings of anyone else cloud your judgment, you will soon discover that you were on the right path all along. While it’s true that you cannot always see the big picture for which Sagittarians are so famous, you can see enough of it to have a sense of where you really stand. The only time problems arise is when you doubt your own strength, or when you confuse fear of the worst thing happening with your more natural expectation that the best thing really is possible. You have done well so far, in part because you’re always able to take any situation and, at the very worst, turn it to good experience. Usually you do a lot better.

Eric Francis, a Paris-based American astrologer, is the author of Planet Waves, a premium online information service available at He also does private consultations (solar returns, compatibility charts, locational astrology, business consulting, gift readings and more) on the phone and in person in Paris. Call +206 463-7827 or 877 463-8265 for more information.

Community Announcements

Democrats Abroad



We Have Only Begun to Fight
We worked hard to elect John Kerry. We contributed significantly to one of the highest voter turnouts in recent US electoral history. Now, however, we must learn from our right-wing Republican opponents, who, when LBJ crushed Goldwater in 1964, went to work to build the movement that, now, forty years of unrelenting effort later, seems so strong. We must listen to the voice of the late Paul Wellstone and “Mobilize! Energize! Organize!” We must, above all, learn the lesson both teach us, that serious, successful politics isn¹t just what we do in the heat of a campaign season. It is what we continue to do as we fight to achieve a country that truly embodies hope, for its citizens, and, yes, for the world as a whole.
That “world as a whole” is especially vital for Democrats Abroad. We know that America’s image abroad affects not only our lives and global prosperity, but also America’s success or failure in securing the cooperation on which fighting terror and terror’s allies, poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation depend. We have a special duty, then, to bring that perspective home starting with our representatives in Congress.
The leadership of Democrats Abroad recommends that every member of Democrats Abroad becomes familiar with the wonderful Website called (, where you can find all of the information you need to contact your Senators and Representative by phone, post, telegrams, fax, or e-mail. And don¹t just become familiar‹get in the habit of (1) using this site and (2) letting us know when you¹ve used it, to help us better mobilize and organize Democrats Abroad campaigns to make our voices from abroad effective. Start now!


Contact your Senators and let them know that, as an American citizen who lives overseas you are particularly concerned about the appointment as Attorney General of a man with the following positions:

*The Geneva Convention: he calls it “quaint”
*Presidential powers: no habeas corpus for anyone whom the President arbitrarily designates an enemy combatant
*Off-shoring imprisonment: approving use of Guantanamo Bay as a place to isolate prisoners from US legal protections
*Apparent approval of torture: his office of Presidential Counsel approved its use

These positions not only pose major threats to civil rights inside the USA. They are also a brutal affront to what Thomas Jefferson called “the decent respect of all mankind,” blackening America’s image throughout the civilized world, further weakening the soft power needed to defeat terrorism and spread democracy throughout the global community.

STEP 1: Start by learning more. See, for example, the following:

“Loyal to a Fault? The Senate should hold Alberto Gonzales accountable for his bad legal advice” by Philip Carter
“A Record of Injustice” by Christy Harvey, Judd Legum and Jonathan Baskin
“Attorney General Nominee Advocates Loss of Freedom, Individual Rights” Staff and Wire Reports
*These sources are particularly useful because they contain links to numerous other sources as well. For those who want even more, DA Sweden Chair Brand DeLange has prepared a comprehensive list of on-line resources concerning Gonzales’ record.

STEP 2: Compose your own message. Personal is more powerful.
STEP 3: Use an effective medium. Capitol Hill staffers tell us that Congressional opinions are more likely to be effected by: (1) phone calls, (2) personal letters, (3) telegrams, (4) faxes, and (5) e-mails-in that order. E-mail is great, but it doesn’t show the same level of interest as calls, letters, or telegrams.
STEP 4: Get back to us and tell us what you said and what you did. Send your feedback to [email protected]

mailto:[email protected]

First Tuesday
(on Monday this month)

December 6th, 2004
7:30 p.m. Drinks
8:00 p.m. Dinner

Democrats both at home and overseas are asking two questions about the last election: How did it happen, and what can we expect from “W” ‘s second term? Democrats from the world over discussed the first at the DPCA meeting in Amsterdam on November 6 to 8, even as we began preparing for the electoral battles to c

ome. Many of you, including four Young Democrats who worked the campaign directly in Maine and Florida, will be exchanging feed back at our Town Meeting on Sunday, December 5 at John Morris’s.
First Tuesday proposes to continue the debate, but from two new perspectives:

Michael Mosher, Chair of the Department of Political Sciences and Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will give us the view from the heartland and talk about voters we can win back
Guillaume Parmentier, Director for the Americas at IFRI (Institut Français des Relations Internationales), and the leading French expert on the United States, will look to the future: What can we expect from the re-elected Bush Administration and the Congress in the next four years, particularly in foreign policy?
Rey Riemer, will moderate the meeting and get the discussion launched. He and Connie Borde will also comment on future action of Democrats Abroad.

Les Noces de Jeannette
Corner of 14 rue Favart and 9 rue d¹Amboise
75002 Paris
Métros: Richelieu-Drouot, Bourse, Quatre-Septembre

In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant.
Please send your check for 28 Euros made out to “Les Noces de Jeannette” to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse.
To pay at the door (by check or cash), call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at or Ellie Schaffer at
You must reserve ahead of time, but do NOT reserve by return email.


Sunday, December 5, at 4:30 PM.

We will review the recent past and look at the future, and we welcome your participation and your ideas.
Here is the Agenda for the meeting:

1. A brief assessment of who voted for whom and why by Denis Lacorne, professor at Sciences Po and Chair of the American Studies foundation.

2. 2004 campaign feedback: your experiences and your own assessment of the campaign. Also, from the field, 4 members of Dems Abroad France who went to the US to register voters tell what they saw and heard.

3. Voter registration and ballot issues from Louise Meyers and Tony Paschall.

4. Future directions for DAF as well as an account of the DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) meeting held in Amsterdam, November 6-8.

To be held at the home of:
John Morris
56 rue des Tournelles ,75003 (ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Métro Bastille


American Women’s Group: Upcoming Events

12/2 Girard Chocolate Tour
12/3 Fete de Noel
12/6 Treasures of the Louvre
12/7 Cordon Bleu Hands-on Chocolate
12/8 Estelles’ Flowers
12/9/10 Beyond Paris – Strasbourg
12/10 Nativity Scenes at the Louvre
12/13 AWG Coffee-Christmas Potluck Lunch
12/14 Tea at the Plaza Athénée
12/15 Lunch around the world

Upcoming Special Event!

Fête de Nöel
Hotel de Talleyrand
American Embassy in Paris
Friday, December 3, 2004 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cocktails, Hors d’ Oeuvres and Musical Entertainment and AWG Woman of the Year Awards.

For more information, contact:

American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
[email protected]


Christmas/New Year in Paris: Activities, Events & Displays

From 15 November 2004
BERCY VILLAGE 1, Cour Saint-Emilion 75012 PARIS
[email protected]

From December 1st, 2004 to January 1st, 2005
Closed tuesday
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU Place Georges Pompidou 75004 PARIS

Ice Rink in the 5th
Open every day from December 5th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 midday to 8:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Place Raoul Dautry 1 Place Raoul Dautry 75015 PARIS

Open every day from December 6th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 12 midday-10pm. 12:00 midnight on Friday. 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday
With a designated area with games and activities for children under 6 years old. Skates can be hired for 5 euros.
HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS 1, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS

From December 12th, 2004 to December 20th, 2004

From December 18th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A host of merry-go-rounds spring up all over Paris for the festive season, offering entertainment for all the family. The Manèges de Noël, with traditional carved horses and other animals, whirl around on the squares of the central arrondissements of the French capital, including Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Place Saint-Sulpice and the Square du Temple.
Though the merry-go-rounds are designed primarily for children’s entertainment, a trip on one of these gaudy manèges is also a romantic treat for all who love the City of Light.
Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS

From November 9th, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS

From November 24th, 2004 to January 9th, 2005
RUE ROYALE Rue Royale 75008 PARIS

From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th, 2005
AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS

From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th,2005
AVENUE MONTAIGNE Avenue Montaigne 75008 PARIS

From November 25th, 2004 to January 5th, 2005

From December 1st, 2004 to January 15th, 2005
75018 PARIS

From October 29th, 2004 until January 1st, 2005
MAGASINS DU PRINTEMPS 64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS

“Magic Windows”
From early November to early January
LA SAMARITAINE 19, rue de la Monnaie 75001 PARIS


es : from 09/11/2004 to 31/12/2004 -
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS

From November 17th, 2004 to Jnauary 1st, 2005
LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE 24, rue de Sèvres 75007 PARIS

Nativity scene
Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), architecture et humanisme
From November 15th, 2004 to December 15th, 2004
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Ecole d’architecture Paris Malaquais 14 rue Bonaparte 75006 PARIS

From November 27th, 2004 to February 3rd,2005
CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS 6, place du Parvis-Notre-Dame 75004 PARIS

Christmas/New Year – Salon/Fair/Christmas market
From November 22nd, 2004 to December 21st, 2004 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
MAISON DE L’ALSACE 39, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS

From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004

From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
75008 PARIS

From December 3rd, 2004 to December 18th, 2004 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 18th.

From December 3rd, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005

From December 3rd, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
TOUR MONTPARNASSE 33, avenue du Maine Tour Montparnasse / Montparnasse 56 75015 PARIS
[email protected]

From December 3rd, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
1, PLACE DE LA NATION 1, place de la Nation 75011 PARIS

From December 16th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
1, PLACE SAINT-SULPICE 1, place Saint-Sulpice 75006 PARIS

From December 17th, 2004 to Decemb er 24th, 2004

From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
PLACE MAURICE-CHEVALIER 1, Place Maurice Chevallier 75020 PARIS

From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
BOULEVARD DE MENILMONTANT Boulevard de Ménilmontant 75020 PARIS

“Children’s world”
From December 4th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1, PLACE DE LA BASTILLE 1, place de la Bastille 75004 PARIS

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