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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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Every Dog Will Have His Daycare

Above: Romeo, a Canicrèche boarder, peeps out of the exercise room. Below: the boutique.

It seems strange that no one has ever done it before in this city where the canine is king, but until the beginning of May, Paris was sans a doggie daycare center. Now a couple of chien lovers, Sophie Kauffmann and her husband Laurent, have opened Canicrèche, a smart boutique and dog-sitting center on the outskirts of the Marais.

Three dog trainers (with diplomas to prove it) take turns walking the dogs and putting them through their paces on the sophisticated “agility” equipment in the gym area. They also play with the dogs and train them in good behavior, as needed, when the pups aren’t dozing in their “bungalows” in the lounge downstairs.

You won’t see the velvet sofas and TV sets found in some American dog-care centers: “We treat dogs like dogs,” says Laurent. They don’t lack for comfort, however, with their cushions, toys and exercise equipment.

The spick-and-span rooms are decorated with imitation antique Parisian street furniture, including street lamps (so far surprisingly pee-free) and fountains, which serve as holders for water bowls.

The colorful boutique sells gourmet dog food and snacks (some of them imported from Italy), leashes, etc. Dog owners can also order portraits of their pets by professional painters or photographers, whose books are on display in the shop.

Canicrèche, whose concept the Kauffmanns are hoping to franchise, offer hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates.

Canicrèche: 32 rue de Turbigo, 75003. Tel.: 01 42 71 59 09. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Web:

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