It takes experience and planning to deal with the problems of Paris in August. The household of this correspondent, for example, new to Paris, was caught short of prepared rabbit food last year when the neighborhood pet shop closed for August. Jacques, the pet rabbit, refused to accept corn flakes as a substitute but finally and grudgingly settled for granola. This year, wiser to the ways of Paris, we bought enough rabbit food in advance to tide Jacques over August.
Leading political figures hold "rentree" receptions to meet with the press. "The rentree," wrote Michel Noblecourt of the newspaper Le Monde, "is traditionally the moment when labor unions try to awaken the ardor of their militants." The Communist trade union federation, he reported, is planning a tough "rentree" this year. In France, September is treated much like the beginning of a new year.
Automobile production fell from 252,700 cars in July to 90,500 in August. Pottery output dropped from 8,498 tons in July to 1,590 tons in August. Production of paper and carton boxes dropped from 555,360 tons in July to 214,630 tons in August. The total value of exports fell from 72.7 billion francs worth in July to 57.9 billion francs worth in August.