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.


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Paris Update Menagerie zoo Jardin des Plantes leopard

La Ménagerie, the zoo in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes, has three new feline residents, all of them male and all of them born in zoos in Poland. Aramis (below left), a stunning three-year-old black jaguar (Panthera onca), is only a temporary lodger and will move to the renovated Parc Zoologique de Paris when it reopens

Paris Update Menagerie zoo Jardin des Plantes black leopard caracal

a year from now. Like the other members of the only Panthera species in the Americas, he likes to swim and will have his own fish-stocked pool.

It is hoped that Tao, the two-and-a-half-year-old North China leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis) pictured at the top, will mate with Leila, a female of this threatened species who also lives at the Ménagerie.

Black Ear, a caracal (Caracal caracal) born on April 9, 2011, is a smaller cat whose species is also threatened in North Africa and the Middle East.

All three animals will benefit from the “enriched” environments provided for them at the Ménagerie, designed to imitate their natural surroundings, stimulate their senses (with the scents of other animals, for example, or by hiding their food so they can hunt for it) and keep them physically active. 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission: €10. Heidi Ellison