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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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Paris Update Hotel Royal Monceau Raffles-Suite

A suite at the Royal Monceau-Raffles.

The recently renovated Royal Monceau-Raffles Hotel (37, avenue Hoche 75008 Paris; 01 42 99 88 77) has not just one, but two Michelin-starred restaurants. For Valentine’s Day eve, each is offering a special candlelit dinner for two. At the French restaurant La Cuisine, chef Hans Zahner has created a five-course tasting menu (€215 per person) that comes with a chance to win a night at the hotel (hopefully with one’s lovebird du soir). At Carpaccio, chef Roberto Rispoli is offering a six-part exploration of Italy’s varied regional cuisine for €230 per person, and all diners are invited to an after-dinner screening of the 1953 classic lovefest, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, in the hotel’s private cinema.

Paris Update Hotel Pavillon Henri IV

The Hotel Pavillon Henri IV.

For a romantic sortie from Paris, the Hotel Pavillon Henri IV, (21 Rue Thiers, 78100 St. Germain en Laye; 01 39 10 15 09), tucked behind the castle of St. Germain en Laye, near Versailles, boasts the historic chamber where Louis XIV was born. The classic dining room has a stupendous panoramic view overlooking the Seine, with all of Paris in the background. A five-course candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner, including champagne cocktails and wine, is accompanied by jazzy mood music (€145 a head). Dinner plus a night in a room of fashionably faded elegance will set you back €245 per person. Claudia Barbieri