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On July 14th, Bastille Day, an assassination attempt was made on French President Jacques Chirac. The would be assassin Maxime Brunerie was able to get off a shot, that went nowhere near the French President. Then he unsuccessfully tried to shoot himself. Bystanders wrestled Brunerie to the ground. The nightly newscasts showed footage of Chirac at the time of the first shot, that was clearly heard if you knew it was coming. Chirac looked like he did not hear the shot or understand it was an assassination attempt. He showed no emotion or movement of self-defense. I watched the Bastille Day festivities on TV, after the assassination attempt, there was no change in the program. Chirac watched everything just like nothing had happened from his viewing stand. I understand he never knew that there was an attempt on his life.
Proving again how festive the French are, Paris closed 3 kilometers(1.8 miles) of water front boulevard from the Tuileries to quai Henri-IV to cars. Officials installed sand, palm trees, lounge chairs and other beach paraphernalia creating Paris-Plage(Paris Beach). Also an area in front of the Hôtel de Ville was sanded to create beach volleyball courts. The news report I heard on the radio said Paris-Plage was just like any other French beach in the summer, it had, sand, water, sunbathers and wall to wall people.
French TV programming changes for the summer, giving most weekly shows the summer off, replacing them with like minded fare. One show Envoyé Special, a 60 Minutes type of investigation TV magazine, was replaced by Faites Entrer l'Accusé(Bring in the Accused). Faites Entrer l'Accusé focuses each week on a different crime and the person accused of the crime.
Proving just how much of a Francophile that I have become, I am spending my vacation with my family in what the French call a gîte(rental house), near Blois in the Loire Valley. This area is called the berceau(cradle) of France.
With my vacation, the next Americans in France newsletter will be in the beginning of October. Until then, have a nice summer.