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Yes to Europe with a Heart in France

“Oui” or “Non” is on everyone’s lips as the vote for the European Constitution winds down to Sunday, May 29th. Posters bearing these two simple words are posted all over the city, and I assume, all over France.

Yesterday, a new poll showed 54 percent will reject the European charter on Sunday’s vote. Government leaders are campaigning to change the sentiment by dismissing the fears that a European constitution will lead to a loss in identity. After having lived in Europe now more than a decade, I can emphatically say that there is no chance that the French will not remain French, the Italians will not remain Italian, the Germans will not remain German and so on for every European cultural group I can think of.

From the U.S. looking eastward, it’s easy to imagine Europe is one big blob, just like Europeans may perceive the U.S. as a “melting pot.” I’ve discovered there is nothing less true. The U.S., which values individual ideas, is more like a bowl of salad with lots of bits and pieces thrown together to create one great taste. Europe is more a smorgasbord of different dishes, hot-cold, spicy-bland — an association of very unique and diverse cultural, ethnic and nationalistic groups. If they can agree to disagree, the European nations will form a very powerful alliance that the U.S., China and the rest of the world will seriously have to reckon with.

There are arguments on both side of the coin, of course. The “Nons” claim that the rejection will bring “positive” changes. I chuckle at the irony of this thinking. EU leaders fear serious social crisis and there is no “Plan B” should the “Ouis” be outvoted.

The charter itself consists of three parts with multitudes of chapters and subsections, all printed in one document which can be found at the local Mairies (city halls) and by pdf download at (The official site is at

All in French, the constitution is very difficult for a non-native speaker to digest, but even my French friends say it’s too complicated for the average person to comprehend. My guess is that a majority of those voting don’t have a real understanding of the constitution at all, but are voting for or against basic principals, even many of those they don’t fully grasp.

And why should we Americans care? I suppose that depends on what kind of American you are. Those who have an affinity with France care because the political center in the U.S. has shifted further right the last two decades. A strong and powerful European Union could therefore provide a counter-balance to the U.S. economic drive that gives multi-national corporations so much control and which profit from U.S. military escapades.

I’ve come to enjoy the social benefits France offers each and every one of its residents, such as quality free education, complete and excellent health care, fine public transportation, etc., etc. And I revel in the ability to travel easily to culturally diverse neighboring countries without scrutiny at the borders, all utilizing the same currency, speaking different languages.

For me, “Yes” is positive, not negative, in any language. I want to look forward to a strong and more unified Europe, even though I have one foot in the U.S., one foot in France and a heart in Paris.

A la prochaine…when we know “Oui” or “Non.”

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. This afternoon kicks off the Ultimate Travel Photographer’s Workshop with about 30 would-be photo journalists armed with digital cameras will be snapping away for the next four days in the City of Light. I’ll be among them and sharing some shots with you on Monday.

Special Announcements

* My Marais apartment just became free for rental in its entirety from July 22 to an August 1 departure. There will be no Parler Paris that week while I lay like a lizard on the beaches of the Dalmatian coast. Some lucky folks could meanwhile be lounging on my Paris fauteuils. Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html for more information.

* Our next conference is here in Paris this coming August 10th…one day of intensive presentations related to buying, owning, renting property — in short, “Invest in France.” Condensed to just the crux of what you need to know at a one-day price, it’s a perfect opportunity for the would-be investor. We’ll be taking registrations very soon, so to be on our mailing list to learn more, email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected]

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Calendar #59
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Word and music by Scott Joplin Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., through June 19

Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin Call 01-42-01-92-26 for reservations

Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.

The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.

The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”



The following further 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 :

May 29 Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”
June 12 Barratt Walton “Women, Ghosts and Bears”
July 3 Georgia Smith “Dilemma”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play :
December 2005 onwards, available dates.
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website or send an e-mail to Stephanie at [email protected]

Literary Events

A few events happening in May:

May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Author of over 16 books of poetry, Kathleen Fraser will read at the Red Wheelbarrow with University of Georgia Contemporary Prizewinning poet Julie Carr. The reading will be presented by local poet Jennifer K. Dick. Bios: Fraser’s books include “Il Cuore: The Heart (selected poems 1970-1995)” “translating the unspeakable: Poetry and Innovative Necessity” (essays) and most recently “Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling”. She has had Guggenheim and other grants, founded the American Poetry Archives, then the groundbreaking journal HOW(ever) from 1983-1991, + its web version: How2. She is one of the preeminent voices in American poetry today. Carr’s first book, “MEAD: An Epithalamion” won the Contemporary Poetry Prize. Carr is currently completing her doctorate at Berkeley and writing
a second collection of poems. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes. AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004, Métro: St. Paul
Tel / Fax (+33) 01 48 04 75 08 http://[email protected]

May 26, 8 p.m.

ModeRoom presents: An Evening in Spring. A literary event featuring authors Roman Payne, who will read from his new novel, Crepuscule; and John Kirby Abraham, who, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of j2999ephine Baker, will be reading from his biography: In Search of j2999ephine Baker. Plus special guests, J-F Caro and others. At Bistrot des Artistes,6 rue des Anglais, 75005. Free.

MAY 26, 7 p.m.
Two American poets: Sandra Gilbert & Shirley Kaufman will read from their latest works. AT: Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006.


Shakespeare production in Paris this summer will be ROMEO and JULIET. performed in English with subtitles in French Performances in the beautiful Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne will run at the following times: May 31, and June 1 at 12:00 p.m., June 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m., June 4 at 3:30 and 7:00 and June 5 at 3:30 p.m. Prices for tickets bought at the Théâtre de Verdure box office will be: Adults 15 Euros (Concessions 12 Euros) Children under 12 years of age, 6 Euros.

Musical Interludes


Performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Soprano: Elizabeth Procuronoff, alto: Catherine Cardin, ténor: Dominique Ploteau, Bass Barytone: Nigel Smith.

May 29 at 6:00 p.m. and May 31 at 8:30 p.m.
American Cathedral of Paris
23 avenue George V, 75008
Métro: Alma Marceau or George V.

Tickets: 25, 15, or 10 euros for students at the door 45 minutes before the concert or FNAC/Virgin.


Charles Harvey Trio in Concert
guitar, contrebasse, percussion

June 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Auditorium Jean-Pierre Miquel
98 rue de Fontenay, 94300 Vincennes
Métro Chateau de Vincennes or RER Vincennes

For more information: [email protected] or [email protected] or call Action Culturelle de Vincennes at


AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS, Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 8 p.m.

The American School of Modern Music Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Browman presents-Jazz Night

This talented group of musicians will share their passion for that most American of all musical forms. Don’t miss our second annual Jazz Night. And bring your friends!Free and open to the public.

American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007
Métro: Ecole Militaire , Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92

For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: June 13th, 2005 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



MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Cocktail Buffet.

Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)

Wednesday, June 1 6:30 p.m. Paris
“Facilitation Techniques” Featuring Psychologist Myriam Dyak.

Miriam Dyak started a self development institute in Seattle, Washington, has written a manual on Voice Dialogue and conducts dreamwork and training.

PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.



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


(NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30 p.m. Don’t Miss It.)

PARIS SOIREES: Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.

Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the Ile St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.

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

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return
email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. Tel: 01 43 26 12 88, [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 her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Parlor Times —
3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l”Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

will speak to Democrats Abroad France June 6, at 8 p.m.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear one of the most distinguished political theorists of our time, the author of the international best seller Jihad Versus McWorld, the theory classic Strong Democracy, and, most recently, The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House.

Dr. Barber is the Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and Wilson H. Elkins Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He served as director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy at Rutgers University for 12 years, where he also held the Walt Whitman Chair of Political Science. Dr Barber is a principal of the Democracy Collaborative, with offices in New York, and Maryland. Internationally renowned, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad.

He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and Europe, including Democratic Chairman Howard Dean, former President Bill Clinton, and former Senator Bill Bradley.

Contribution 10 euros or whatever you can pay Please RSVP by return mail (warning: space is limited to 50)

At the home of Connie Borde
240 bis Bd St-Germain, 75007 Paris


Sunday Night at the Movies, June 12, 8:15 p.m.

A Patriot Act by Mark Crispin Miller author of The Bush Dyslexicon and Cruel & Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order

It’s not just about oil. It’s not just about money. And it’s much worse than you think.

A Patriot Act is a chilling indictment of the stealth movement to subvert the US Constitution and replace American democracy with religious values.

At the home of John Morris 56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Métro: Bastille

Contribution: 5 euros
RSVP to Kathy Chassaing at [email protected]

Do NOT RSVP by reply email. (Warning: places are limited to 60 so first RSVP, first serve)


Dems Abroad France is closing the season before summer arrives with a political get-together.

Sunday, June 19, 6 p.m.
Drinks and nibbles followed by a very special speaker.

Ann Fagan Ginger Human Rights and Peace Lawyer

Challenging U.S. Human Rights since 9/11

Ann Fagan Ginger is a distinguished Human Rights lawyer based in San Francisco at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. She is an expert in civil liberties law and peace law under the statutes of the United States and the United Nations. She has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ann has just completed editing a book concerning the 30 types of human rights violations committed by the U.S. Government since 9/11 (didn’t we used to be the good guys?).

The book includes a discussion of the 9/11 Commission and the efforts by certain American cities and states to oppose the Patriot Act. Ann is in France to present a report to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Congress meeting in Paris.

She has been received enthusiastically at speaking events ranging from journalists at Stanford University to representatives of the UN Human Rights Committee.

For more background on Ann Fagan Ginger, visit

At the home of Connie Borde
240 bis Bd St-Germain, 75007 Paris
Suggested contribution: $20

Please RSVP, Payment may be made by check or credit card.


First Tuesday
Wednesday June 15, 2005

7:30 p.m. drinks, 8:00 Dinner


The Democratic Party has been as inactive on ideas for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as has the Bush administration. Clearly, the issue is a thorny one. Our June event is an effort to approach the issue from a viewpoint of what would constitute a fair peace for the Palestinians while not compromising Israel’s security. It is not intended as Israel vs. Palestine, but Israel and Palestine.

Michel Warschawski, President of the Israel-Palestinian Alternative Information Center (AIC) of Jerusalem

Warschawski is an Israeli author and tireless activist for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In 1982, during the Israel invasion of Lebanon, he was one of the founders of Yesh Gvul (“There is a Limit”), a movement of soldiers and reserve officers against the war and occupation. He has published numerous works on the issue, available in French.

Richard Wagman President of the French Jewish Peace Union (UJFP — Union Juive Française pour la Paix)

Moderated by Rey Riemer DAF Vice-Chair, who will present a review of US policy on Israel.

To be held at:
Les Noces de Jeannette
Corner of 14 rue Favart and 9 rue d’Amboise 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 96 36 89
Métro: 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 32 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 at the door) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at 01 30 52 34 92 or Janice Mitchell at 01 46 33 32 91or Ellie Shaffer at 01 43 20 78 01. Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call this numbers and reach a message machine!


The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.

JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.

American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général-Camou 75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Community Announcements

Foire à La Brocante
June 3, 4 and 5

3rd Arrondissement
Rue de Bretagne and adjacent streets

Considered by professionals to the “best market of the year.”



The American Hospi

tal of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.

According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.

Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.

The Second Annual Children’s day, organized by the Pediatrics Department of the American Hospital of Paris, focuses on Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Challenge of the 21st Century. Pediatricians and health professionals will be speaking on the diagnosis, cause and long-term consequences of obesity in childhood and adolescence, and will review common diet mistakes, the psychology of obese children and orthopedic issues these children may face.
Admission is free and seating is limited so advance reservations are required. The lectures will be in French and English, with simultaneous translation.

Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening life span. More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. Prevention and early treatment of obesity are crucial to ensuring the health of women of all ages.

June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.
Dr. Goland is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French. A cocktail reception will follow.

The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.

Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
55, bd du Chateau, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
For more information on these events, please contact Rebecca Allaigre, American Relations Coordinator, at 01 46 41 26 26 or by email at [email protected].



A few of the MAY opportunities:

26rd Les Halles Walking Tour
27-29th Beyond Paris – Bordeaux

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

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at


Thirza Vallois in California/Spring 2005

Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris. If you happen to live in California or passing through, try and make it to one of her events. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.

Sunday, May 29, 3:00 p.m.
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325


Thirza Vallois’s article on the new Viaduct of Millau and the Aveyron area will be published in United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine, Hemispheres, on 1 February 2005. You can read the article through May 2005 on all United Airlines flights.

What’s On in the City

Printemps des Rues, May 28th and 29th
Free Outdoor event

For all those dreamers among you who love to be entertained, rendezvous on the Canal Saint-Martin for a new edition of the “Printemps des rues” festival…

Street artists, circus performers, dancers and musicians await you for a popular, convivial and festive get-together. You’ll come across unique and original performances, new art forms and up-and-coming talents.

Canal St. Martin, 75010 PARIS
Métro: Richard Lenoir


28-29 May, 20th
Parc de Belleville
Festival of Jugglers and Street Performers

28-29 May, 10th
Festival Printemps des rues

31 May, Tout Paris
La Fête des Voisins

2 to 12 June, 11th
Festival Onze Bouge

5 June: Carnival of the 20th

11 June
Carnaval and Repas de Quartier de la Butte Bergeyre

Gay Pride Parade June 25

26 June, 10th
Festival Voix sur Berges

2 July, 12th, 6:30 p.m.
Giant Couscous at Place d’Aligre

From 3 to 12 July
Paris Ciné Rando and

22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th
Le Raid Dingue de Paris


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