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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

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?

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> 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: Habitat 1964, Ma Cocotte

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Paris Update Habitat 1964

The Habitat stores might still seem to be the height of modernity, but the chain, founded by designer Terence Conran in 1964, is already half a century old. Those who are nostalgic for a beloved piece that was once part of their lives might just rediscover it – although at a much heftier price than they originally paid – at the new Habitat 1964 store (77, rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen) in a former warehouse at the Saint Ouen flea market. The friend I went with was delighted to discover the corner computer table he paid around €200 for 10 years ago selling for – get ready – €3,000. Individuals, by the way, can put their old Habitat pieces on sale here. Warning: Habitat 1964 will be closed Aug. 12-30.

Paris Update Ma Cocotte

While you are at the flea market, a meal at designer Philippe Starck’s restaurant Ma Cocotte is a must. The two-level bobo-filled bistro feels a bit like a food factory, but the food is fresh and tasty, the staff friendly and efficient, and the decor – Starck’s mash-up of flea-market finds and modern architectural touches – is endlessly amusing.