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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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What's New in Paris: Place de la Rèpublique, Traffic Jams, Caractère de Cochon

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

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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.