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Cherry blossoms in Giverny. © Paris Update

 

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Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Contemporary art fair

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"Le Port de Carnon" (2016), by Vincent Bioulès, at Galerie La Forest Divonne, Art Paris.

> Art Paris: 144 galleries. Grand Palais, Paris, March 30-April 2.

Celebrating crafts
> Artisans open their studios, hold exhibitions and give demonstrations of such crafts as jewelry-making or woodworking for Les Journées des Métiers d'Art. Various locations, Paris, March 31-April 2.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Thierry Fremaux's Lumière, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, March 31.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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BEGGARLY TRENDS

Believe it or not there are trends among beggars. I’m thinking here in particular of the ones who sit on the sidewalk with a little cardboard sign that they hope will arouse sympathy. Apparently they are not, as a group, very literarily inclined, because I often see panhandlers with identical messages on their signs. I suppose one of them gets what seems like a good idea and then everybody copies it. On the Boulevard de la Madeleine this summer there was a sudden surge of beggars with signs bearing a two-part appeal: “Aidez moi pour manger. Dieu vous protège” (“Help me so I can eat. God protect you”). Trying to arouse the spirit of Christian charity in a mostly Catholic country – fair enough. However, not only did a single person make up the message, a single person must have mass-produced the actual signs, because they all have the same layout problem. It’s a glitch in the line breaks, not aided by the lack of punctuation: the top line, in big bold, readily legible letters, says “Aidez Moi Pour Manger Dieu” and “vous protège” appears in small, faint letters underneath. So the message you get if you’re striding briskly by is, “Help me so I can eat God.” Now there’s a charitable cause I can gladly support. David Jaggard

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