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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.

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: Le Café des Chats, Le Fantôme

Paris Update What’s New in Paris


Paris Update Le Cafe des Chats

Customers can pet and eat at the same time at Le Café des Chats.

Do you get bored sitting around in cafes? If so, two new spots in Paris offer activities that will keep you well occupied. The most unusual by far is Le Café des Chats (16, rue Michel Le Comte, 75003 Paris; tel.: 09 73 53 35 81), a place so popular that you have to reserve in advance just to have a coffee (lunch and dinner are served as well) and at least a week in advance for a weekend visit. The 12 housecats, who live in the basement, are free to roam around the café soaking up love from the cat-worshipping (why else would they be there?) customers while they eat and drink. The kitchen is the only place that is off-limits to felines. The other day, I met a visiting couple from California who were there because they missed their own cats, while others just go for the therapeutic effects of petting a purring pussy. The owner seems to have taken every precaution to ensure that the cats are in good health and that the café is hygienic.

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The foosball machine gets a workout at Le Fantôme.

For an entirely different kind of entertainment, non-cat lovers might prefer Le Fantôme (36, rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris; tel.: 09 66 87 11 20), a big, trendy café (from the owners of chic nightclub Le Baron) with vintage furnishings and a number of retro arcade and bar games like Pac-Man, pinball and foosball, to be enjoyed with a beer or creative cocktail in hand. Heidi Ellison