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Drawing through the ages

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"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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Indochine: Des Territoires et des Hommes, 1856-1956

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Parachutists arriving during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Photo: Daniel Camus/RMN-Grand Palais/Musée de l’Armée.

The Musée de l’Armée in Paris is holding a fascinating exhibition, “Indochine: Des Territoires et des Hommes, 1856-1956” (through Jan. 26) on the hundred years of French colonization and rule of Vietnam, previously known as Indochina. This essentially neutral and objective military account of French occupation begins with Emperor Gia Long’s remarkable saber of steel, gold, jade and coral, with a handle in the form of a dragon, and includes such exhibits as video clips from the Vietminh, the resistance fighters against the French.

The exhibition organizers even invited the late General Vo Nguyen Giap, known as the “Red Napoleon,” to the opening, but he could not come because of poor health (he died on Oct. 4, just before the exhibition opened). Giap led the 1954 Dien Bien Phu battle, which defeated French forces and led to independence.

One of the documentary film clips shows a 1953 visit by then-vice president Richard Nixon to Vietnam. The French may have finally left, but the Americans stepped into the Western gap. The rest is history. Pierre Tran