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Paris Election Watch Never Ends

As I write, CNN is background torture as we suffer through what could be weeks before we have an outcome to this presidential election. Last night at Joe Allen Restaurant, a packed house sat at communal tables, munched on an assortment of finger food while the CNN election reporting loomed overhead on TV monitors throughout the two dining rooms.

The crowd was both young and old, almost exclusively American and clearly favoring one candidate. One young man from California boldly stood up, got the crowd’s attention, explained who he was and where he was from, then toasted the election and his own political viewpoint. There was no rebuttal — only a big applause. Every once in a while, someone would start a “ssshhing” campaign to get everyone quieted down so we could hear what the commentators had to say.

Yesterday everywhere I went, the French I came in contact with commented on the election. They have very strong feelings about how this election will affect them and the rest of the world. Let’s face it, the current administration is no friend of France and vice-versa. We who live in the middle of our two opposing governments suffer like children of a broken marriage. Oh how we yearn for a peaceful co-existence!

It will be very interesting to see how the outcome of this election affects Francophiles on the edge of considering changing their lives by spending more time here or making a more permanent move. Living abroad does not have to affect your citizenship with your homeland — even as an expatriate, your citizenship remains in effect unless you should denounce it and many people hold dual and even several citizenships. Becoming a legal “resident” is quite another matter.

Legal advisor, Jean Taquet, addresses this question in this month’s Q and A related to a student who’s visa is about to expire, but wants to stay and work in France. Read Jean’s column in its entirety by visiting /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html. 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.

Special note: For those of you who subscribe to Jean Taquet’s monthly Q and A column, Jean lost a good portion of the mailing list for technical reasons, so to be sure you will still be getting it…or if you wish to subscribe now, send an email to: [email protected]

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. Meet me this coming Sunday evening at Patricia Laplante Collins’ Paris Soirées for my talk on “Investing In Paris Property: What’s Hot and What’s Not” (see below for the details and how to reserve) and to meet other Parler Paris readers, be sure to come have a drink with us at Parler Paris Après Midi on Tuesay, November 9th (visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for details).

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Calendar #31
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies

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

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

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.

November 7th, Linda Healey “Masks”
November 21st, Jon Allen Russo “Farce Noir”
December 5th, Wilson December “Don’t be Daft”

To receive the monthly mailings email [email protected]
For further information contact: or call Stephanie Campion on:


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.”

18 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, Métro: Simplon
14 euros/9.50 euros for students and unemployed


Stand Up Comedy
Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes Paris 10
For more information visit:

Reginal D Hunter
November 22nd & November 23rd 8:30 p.m.

The black american 2 time perrier nominated politically incorrect stand-up makes his Paris debut.
Originally from the Deep South of the USA, Reg is one of the good guys of comedy.
A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between.
Tickets: 20 & 17 euros

Un Demie Sciecle d’Arthur Smith
November 28th, 8:30 p.m

Arthur Smith celebrates his 50 years of grumpy existance with a bevy of friends who will all be in Paris to help him blow out 4 score and 10 candles in the Hotel du Nord on saturday night before taking to the stage for a show on sunday.

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

Call or email [email protected] for more information.

Musical Interludes

New Music Association presents
Three adventurers explore !!!

Bruno Rousselet contrabass
Steve Potts saxophones
Aldridge Hansberry percussions

What can we expect? Try: loads of lyricism, humor, colorful explosions and intense listening; an afternoon, which promises fresh ideas.

Where: LES FRIGOS ( a pluridisciplinary complexe that was formerly the refrigerated warehouses of the SCNF ­ National Railway Company sheltering artists loftts, workshops, studios, rehearsal spaces, small businesses. A must in cultural tourism)
19, rue des Frigos 75013 Paris
91 quai de la Gare /quai Panhard et Levassor
M° Bibliothèque F. Mitterand, Ligne 14, RER C
M° Quai de la Gare: Ligne 6
Bus: 62 – 89 – 132 ­ 325

When: November 7, 2004
Doors open: From 3pm Bar and tasty treats
Concert at: 4PM
Participation: 10 Euros


Boo Hewerdine in concert
November 16th, 8:30 p.m.
20 euros

One of England’s finest singer-songwriters whose beautifully crafted songs have been recorded by Eddi Reader, kd lang & Natalie Imbruglia, he’s written with Darden Smith & Clive Gregson, had music featured in films such as Fever Pitch & TwentyFourSeven, produced the Corr’s and Nick Hornby is a friend and fan.
His records – like many worthy things – remain individual and refined items demanding an acquired taste. (Mojo) There are too few singer/songwriters who get their feelings to move about as naturally as water, and this is one. (The Independent)

Willard Grant Conspiracy
November 30th, 8:30 p.m.
22 euros

La Java
105 rue du Fg du Temple Paris 10
Reservations fnac/virgin etc


“Aloha Noel”
L’Ukulele Club de Paris
La Java
December 14th and 15th December 20-30h

Goûtes for Gourmands

Thanksgiving Taster

A Night of Soul Food and Gospel Music inaugurating Mother Mathews’ Restaurant
The 20 odd items on the menu include everything from Turkey and cornbread dressing to Squash Morvillier to Banana pudding to Chocolate layer cake, yum!
November 3rd, 2004 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
American Cathedral, 23 Av George V
Admission: 30 euros
All tickets must be purchased in advance:

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: November 9th, 2004 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3 p.m. to 5 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 A

rts 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]

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Guest Speaker Adrian Leeds, Parler Paris/French Property Insider/Insider Paris Guides Paris Property Search Specialist: “Investing In Paris Property: What’s Hot and What’s Not”

Adrian Leeds is the author of the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants, editor of the electronic series of Insider Paris Guides, editor of the Parler Paris twice-weekly newsletter, editor of the weekly e-zine French Property Insider, host of a series of Invest in France conferences and seminars and co-host of the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group. Her multi-talented endeavors over the last ten years in Paris have led her to being the number one liaison for Americans (and other Anglophones) moving to France or wanting to invest in French property.

Adrian will share with us her take on Paris real estate — how to best find the pied-à-terre of your dreams, where the best bargains are for future appreciation, which areas of the city make the best short-term rental property and how to get the best return on your property investment. She’s armed with the latest property prices and statistics, knows how to maneuver the complicated French inheritance tax and capital gains tax laws and make the most of owning an apartment in Paris or a home in France.

Reservations: [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.

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

What’s On in The City of Light

Mois de La Photo
October 29th – November 29th, 2004

Paris Photo
November 11th -14th, 2004
Carrousel du Louvre

Fête des Frères et Soeurs
November 6th and 7th, 2004

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 Event only 415-393-0100 or [email protected]
Reserve today! This event will sellout quickly!


11/14 & 11/21: Sylvie Braitman Concert
Les Demoiselles de Pigalle – A CD release concert starring Bay Area Chanteuse Sylvie Braitman
Where: The Empire Plush Room 940 Sutter Street San Francisco
When: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 (includes 2 drinks) 415-885-2800 or

Film Screenings
11/19 Pépé Le Moko
Where: Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
When: Café opens at 5:30 pm for all programs. Programs start at 6:30PM
Tickets: Mechanics’ Institute members FREE, public $7
Reservations: 415-393-0100 or [email protected]

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis
One Week at a Time

Last night, there were the traditional Election Night gatherings at the old standby locations (Harry’s) and the new ones (The Roadside Diner). The joke is going around that expatriated Americans all over the world, particularly in France, are wondering whether it’s safe to leave their apartments and hotels. There was, however, no predicting the election of 2004, and the highly unusual astrological events that both led up to this election, and which are coming in the next week, suggest that we should be watching the world carefully.

The astrology of the coming seven days is relatively stable. The Sun remains in the sign Scorpio. The Moon is waning toward New in Scorpio on the 12th — so we will be riding the momentum of the total lunar eclipse last week. It is very much a ‘between’ kind of time. Between what? Two entirely different sets of changes, and peaks of events. The next wave commences around the 9th, with a series of very unusual lunar aspects and the beginning of a two-month Mercury retrograde cycle. Speaking of Mercury, that planet changes signs late on the Thursday the 4th from Scorpio to Sagittarius, making a square to Uranus — look out for surprises.

Scorpio Birthdays This Week
In recent columns, I’ve been emphasizing the time frame of two years, going back to 2002. It’s clear that you’ve reached a point of closure regarding events reaching back that far, and are entering a new phase of your life. In letting the past go, there is always a need to forget. The recent actions of certain people close to you may have given you reasons to do just that. Yet precisely what you would be wise to let go of from the past is your old sense of need. We all have relationship needs, though many people consider honest discussion this taboo subject area. I suggest you make your relationship needs clear to you. They should not, at this point, be a mystery. Don’t live like they are.

Read more, including a daily weblog, weekly, monthly and annual horoscopes, at

Eric is available for private consultations in Paris by writing to [email protected] or calling 06 33 52 00 82.

Community Announcements

Family Health Day

SATURday, NOVEMBER 13TH 2004 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Organized by: The American Hospital of Paris, Health Network Int’l, Message Mother
Support Group and the Women’s Institute of Continuing Education

This is event for the English Speaking Community will include
lectures on:

Accidents and Emergencies
Childcare in paris
Vaccination Schedules
History of the American Hospital

Also speak with doctors, meet with health groups and professional,
tour the hospital and more.

Limited Seating! Free Admission! Sign Up Today!

American Hospital of Paris
63 Boulevard Victor Hugo
92202 Neuilly-sur-Seine

All questions and registration call
Rebecca Allaigre – American Relations Coordinator
[email protected]

Classified Ads


Seeking Intern to Become Paid Professional Assistant

Parler Paris is seeking a bright, young, hard-working computer-literate native Anglophone with basic working knowledge of French and lots of knowledge of Paris to intern and be trained for possible paid position as professional assistant, to start immediately.

A 60-day unpaid commitment is required, 35 hours a week. Skills required: Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook or Other Email Program, Internet Search, accounting software (such as Peachtree) and Dreamweaver or other Web site development software, if possible. Must have good command of English language and the ability to write clearly, concisely and correctly. Must have good public relations skills, be personable, friendly, patient. Must be organized, manage details, have tidy work habits.

Duties include: email customer and reader correspondence, light bookkeeping and record-keeping, general office duties (filing, copying, posting, etc.), phone reception, appointment scheduling, etc.

High speed Internet access and computer supplied for work in Parler Paris office. Relative expenses reimbursed (phone, Métro/transportation, supplies, etc.)

Compensation following internship for permanent position negotiable, if proven to be suitable.

If you’re seriously interested and willing to invest in your own future while helping people who wish to live, work or invest in France, then send your resume to Adrian Leeds at [email protected]


Wanted Long-Term Furnished Apartment

American writer — quiet, neat, responsible — seeks furnished apartment in Paris, preferably in or near the Marais, from early February through early May. Able to pay 700 Euros/month and willing to pay all rent in advance. I can also provide excellent local references. I prefer uncluttered space with plenty of light and a bathtub as well as a shower.

Cecilia Woloch
Email [email protected]


* Vacation Apartment

For rent by the week or longer

Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equipped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
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