French flag 26th June 1993
Paris, France

Hippodrome de Vincennes


Note: If any French speakers can transcribe how the receptionist answers the phone, please get in touch – many thanks!


MacPhisto: [sings] "Raindrops keep falling on my head... just like a guy whose feet are too big..."

MacPhisto: "That's a good one. Rock 'n' roll, eh? Look what you've done to me! You've made me very famous, and I thank you. I know you like your pop stars to be exciting... so I bought these. Do you know who Monsieur Le Pen is?"

Crowd: [shouting]

MacPhisto: [sings] "Getting to knowww you..."

MacPhisto: "I'm becoming even closer friends to him these days. Would anyone here have his telephone number? I like to make telephone calls from the stage too. Maybe if I called Monsieur Mitterrand, do you think he might have the telephone number?"

Crowd: [cheer]

MacPhisto: "I think we should try."

[dials]

MacPhisto: "Do you think Mr Mitterrand would be up this evening?"

Man: "Président [speaks French]."

MacPhisto: "He-- er-- bonsoir. Parlez anglais, s'il vous plaît."

Man: "Non, je ne parle pas anglais."

Crowd: [cheer]

Man: "I don't speak English."

MacPhisto: "I'd like, I'd like to speak to Mr Mitterrand, if that--"

Man: "Well that's impossible, ah? You must to write... to the President."

MacPhisto: "Well I... I, I'll, I'll explain to you, if you... I'll explain to you, erm, young man – I'm looking for the telephone number of Monsieur Le Pen."

Man: "Uhh... I don't know Mr Le Pen."

MacPhisto: "Um..."

Man: "Mr Le Pen, he is not here."

MacPhisto: "Would Charles Pasqua be in there, by any chance?"

Man: "Mr Pasqua is, uh... to the Ministerie of Intérieur. Of police, if you prefer."

MacPhisto: "Yes, Charles seems to be getting--"

Man: "Here it's, er, Élysée Palace, non?"

MacPhisto: "Yes, yes, okay... I, I-- but could I leave maybe a message for Monsieur Le Pen?"

Man: "No. No, no, no, no. No no no. I can't take a message. You must to write to the President – okay?"

MacPhisto: "I... I was just going to tell him: thank you for letting me back in the country."

Man: "I'm sorry, I don't understand you."

MacPhisto: "I'm back, you know. Can't you feel it? I'm coming back!"

[Ultra Violet begins]


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