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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

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 Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

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: Place de la Rèpublique, Traffic Jams, Caractère de Cochon

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

Paris Update Place-de-la-Republique-pavillon

After two years of work, Paris’s new Place de la République is scheduled to be unveiled to the public this Sunday, June 16. The new people-friendlier square will boast reduced automobile traffic, with special lanes for buses, taxis and bikes, as well as a glass-walled café called Monde et Média (to open in July), which will offer access to news publications on paper and on tablet computers. Games can be borrowed from a booth called the “L’R de Jeux,” and poppy-red benches and tables provide a place to sit.

The statue of Marianne, the symbol of France, in the center has been restored, new trees have been planted, and a mirror fountain with water jets has been installed for kids to splash around in.

Let’s check back in a year to see whether this once rather unsavory square has resisted the gritty realities of city life and remained as wholesome as the city hoped to make it with this renovation.


Parisian automobile drivers spend an average of 155 hours (nearly a full week) in traffic jams per year, and their average speed is 17 kilometers per hour, about the same as that of a bicycle.


A new shop, Caractère de Cochon, Paris’s only ham specialist, offers the finest examples from all over the world, including Spain and Italy, of course, but also Hungary, Lithuania and the Black Forest. Buy it by the slice or in a sandwich. 42, rue Charlot, 75003 Paris.