FRANCE: Europe, Oui! Oysters, Non!

"Elizabeth of England will be well received here," surmised the French weekly L'Express just before the Queen's arrival last week. "The French adore other people's monarchs." Almost everywhere Paris bespoke as much. Huge Union Jacks caught the spray from the Lalique fountains at the elegant Rond-Point des Champs-Ely-sees, and the Cross of St. George decorated the flower pots in front of a Pierre Cardin boutique in the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré.

It rained on nearly all of Her Majesty's parades ("The Queen's weather," mused Le Monde), but the drizzle failed to dampen the French welcome. "Bigger crowds for the Queen...

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