It looks like a very peaceful scene, doesn't it? The cat with his black coat soaking up the afternoon sunshine. Warming his winter-chilled bones. Stretching and snoozing.
Problem is, the cat had been in another bad fight. It turned out he had a bloody gash in his neck and a patch of fur missing off one of his legs. He continues to be a fighter.
Anyway, there you have it. What are we going to do with him?
Big news in France right now: the price of gasoline or diesel fuel for your car has skyrocketed. I did all the calculations to convert from euros to dollars and liters to U.S. gallons, and it comes out like this:
- Diesel fuel — our little Peugeot has a diesel engine — is going for an average of 1.35 € per liter, which comes to about $7.15 U.S. per gallon. (More diesel fuel than gasoline is sold in France.)
- Gasoline is even more: 1.50 to 1.55 € per liter, or between $8.00 and 9.00 per gallon, depending on whether your car uses premium or regular gas.
Current president Nicolas Sarkozy runs either in second or third place, depending on which candidate is representing the socialist party. The socialist with the highest numbers, running behind Le Pen but ahead of Sarkozy, is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is president of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.
Unless he surprises everybody by standing down, Sarkozy will be a candidate. Le Pen also. The the socialists will go through a primary process this summer to choose their 2012 presidential candidate.
Of course, it's very early in the election cycle, and things will change. And probably change again, before the election a year from now.