Photo of the Week


Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

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, through May 28.


Hot Topics - C'est ironique !


C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


Plaque spotted on Rue de Gramont.This might not actually be a French company, but it’s still a pretty strange use of English and, more importantly, it offers me an excuse to shoot my mouth off about a small but significant difference in mindset between France and the United States:

In America, children pluck the petals off daisies saying, “(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not...” French kids also dismember marguerites, but the recitation is somewhat different: “Il/elle m’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie, pas du tout.” — “(S)he loves me a little, a lot, passionately, to the point of insanity, not at all.”

In other words, in the States your odds for emotional fulfillment are a straight 50-50, whereas in France you have a four out of five chance of getting at least a little makeout session. Much better.

Then again, you also have a 20 percent chance of acquiring a stalker, so I guess it balances out. David Jaggard

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