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Henri IV rides on over the Pont Neuf. Photo: Nick Hammond.


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La Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, keeper of the archives of Pathé, the film production company founded in 1896, has opened a new cinema in the 13th arrondissement showing only silent films, accompanied by live... Read more...


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C'est Ironique Sign of the Weeque

Paris Update Glob-coiffeur-Bayonne

I spotted this hair salon on a recent trip to Bayonne. Is it short for “global”? Or an indication of how much gel they use for each customer? In any case, I bet the owner is a hunk and a dab hand with the scissors, which is why a cut there costs a wad.

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on its name to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

> A festival celebrating diversity, with concerts, films and parties. Champ de Mars, Paris, Sept. 26-27.

Estival de Saint Germain-en-Laye
> Music festival featuring such francophone stars as Charlélie Couture, Maxime Le Forestier and Oxmo Puccino. Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye, Sept. 26-Oct. 11.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Jan. 26.

Festival d'Ile de France
> Concerts of classical, world, jazz and electronic music in various locations in Paris and other venues in Ile de France, through Oct. 12.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> “Seven deadly sins” is the theme of this year's garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Oct. 21.

Fête de Montmartre
> Belle Epoque-style entertainment in the Renoir Garden of the Musée de Montmartre. First weekend of every month through September.

Festival Temps d’Images
> The performing arts meet the moving image to experiment with new forms. Centquatre, Paris, through Sept. 28.

Fête de la Gastronomie
> Nationwide food festival, with tastings, special menus in restaurants and more, various locations, Sept. 26-28.

Fête des Jardins
> Paris Garden Festival: meet the gardeners and landscape architects, take a gardening class, listen to music, etc. Various locations, Paris, Sept. 27-28.

Foire de Chatou
> Antique market and regional products fair. Chatou, Sept. 26-Oct. 5.

Kiosques en Musique
> Over 400 free concerts in parks and gardens. Various locations, Paris, through October 31.

Tous au Restaurant
> Participating restaurants offer two meals for the price of one. Various locations, Paris, through Sept. 28.


Your Name in LightsArtist John Baldessari and the soon-to-reopen Monnaie de Paris give everyone a name to see their name in neon lights on Paris's Quai de Conti for 15 seconds. Click on the link to signup. Through Oct. 12.


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Paris Update The Lowdown

Paris Update, founded in 2005, is a free weekly Web newsletter designed to provide the latest information about what’s happening right now in the City of Light to everyone who loves Paris, whether tourist, frequent visitor or resident. It provides an unbiased insider’s guide to museum and gallery exhibitions (art, photography, architecture and design), monuments, shopping, restaurants, hotels and bed & breakfasts, tourism, music, nightlife, entertainment, hidden treasures and French films, plus the latest info on what Parisians are talking about and ideas for out-of-town excursions.

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