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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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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