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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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What's New in Paris: Facebook Censors Jeu de Paume, Russian Church & the Eiffel Tower, Ouigo Low-Cost Train

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

THE FACEBOOK ART OF CENSORSHIP
Do robots decide what to censor on Facebook? Probably. Earlier this month, the photo below, by Laure Albin Guillot, whose work is currently on show at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, was removed from the museum’s Facebook page because it violated “community standards,” and the page itself was shut down for 24 hours. The museum reposted the photo with the “naughty bits” blocked out, and said it would no longer post nude photos in spite of their artistic value.

Paris Update Jeu-de-paume censorship

WILL A RUSSIAN CHURCH SPOIL THE VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER?
The golden domes of a Russian Orthodox Church that is to be built near the Eiffel Tower (at the corner of Avenue Rapp and Quai Branly) have been causing an uproar. The plans were approved by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, but after complaints about its “pastiche architecture” from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, the project will now be redesigned by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

I GO, YOU GO, THEY GO, OUIGO (CHEAPLY)
The SNCF, the French railway authority, has introduced a new low-cost train service, called Ouigo, running between Marne-la-Vallée (Euro-Disneyland-land) and the south of France. Only one class is available, and you have to pay extra for such luxuries as a suitcase (€5), electrical outlet (€2) or pet (€30). Prices start at €10 (€5 for a child under 12), but vary depending on demand, so reserve early. We just booked a hypothetical mid-week round trip in April to Avignon for one person for €50.