Steve in Europe

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Oct. 28,  2004 8:42 AM

I took the Eurostar train from London's Waterloo Station to Paris' Gare du Nord. The people across from me drank champagne, worked on a crossword puzzle from Hello! magazine and occasionally kissed. I read The Economist and worked on a crossword puzzle from the International Herald Tribune, failing to complete it by the end of the three hour ride.

The initial impression moving from London to Paris is one of going back in time. Paris seems older, dirtier, slower, more tired, and perhaps to some, more beautiful. The cash machines in the train station did not work. There was just one line for taxis, run by one young man, that was two blocks long. People in the line seemed to accept that waiting a half hour for a taxi was normal.

Sometimes I figure out what to pursue by talking to people back home. When I told my brother in Knoxville that some scholars say Europe will be mostly Muslim by the end of the century he was shocked.

My first interview will be with Gilles Keppel, who wrote that the real battlefield with Muslims will not be in Iraq or Gaza or the West Bank, but instead in the suburbs of London and Paris. This is exactly what I wanted to find out. I read his book until late last night; now, in a half hour I get to talk to him. It's kind of like being a grad student with a budget.

The producer here, Cicely, recommended that I eat typical French food at a brasserie, but said that 7p.m. was too early to dine in Paris. I left the decision making up to the waiter, who took charge, speaking softly to himself. The first dish was a plate of cold white fish, marinated in onions, Hareng Bismark. This was followed by Vrai Boeuf Mode then for dessert Mille Feuille. Good choices. Tomorrow I will try somewhere new and again will leave my fate to the waiter.

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I watched your reporting while embedded with the military in Iraq.  It reminded me of one other reporter that I used to read as a teen during WW2. It was as close to Ernie Pyle and his way of making one feel that he was  just one of the guys talking to a buddy during combat.  Good work, Steve

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I taught Norwegian to immigrant children and found that there was a great deal of resentment against that population there also.

— Diane

I took a hydrofoil ride from Copenhagen, Den. to Malmo, Sweden during a visit in 1972.
Your report puts a new light on what's happened to that seemingly happy (at the time) passive country.

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Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.