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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

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?

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> 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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Lacroix dresses trains

High Speed, High Fashion

Above: relaxing first-class color scheme. Below: more vibrant second-class hues.

April 27, 2005: One endearing thing about the French is the way they have of dressing up public servants, even meter maids, in designer outfits. Air France employees have just donned new uniforms by haute couture designer Christian Lacroix, and the country's trains are also fashion victims. The ubiquitous Lacroix has created the decorative scheme for the interiors of the new TGV (high-speed train) Est line, which will finally provide a long-awaited high-speed connection between Paris, Strasbourg and Nancy. The only problem is that the spiffy new trains, which will be gradually put into service beginning in September, won’t actually be traveling at high speeds until 2007, when the trip from Paris to Strasbourg will be cut from four hours to two hours and 20 minutes, at a speed of 320 kilometers per hour. It may still be a slow journey for the moment, but at least passengers will be traveling in style, with different color schemes to distinguish first and second class: green and gray for the former and plum and red for the latter.

© 2005 Paris Update

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