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Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Contemporary art fair

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"Le Port de Carnon" (2016), by Vincent Bioulès, at Galerie La Forest Divonne, Art Paris.

> Art Paris: 144 galleries. Grand Palais, Paris, March 30-April 2.

Celebrating crafts
> Artisans open their studios, hold exhibitions and give demonstrations of such crafts as jewelry-making or woodworking for Les Journées des Métiers d'Art. Various locations, Paris, March 31-April 2.

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 Thierry Fremaux's Lumière, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, March 31.

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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The end of auto tyranny ?

Mayor Starts Revolution

Will the Marais be free of snarled traffic someday?

March 15, 2005: Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has changed Paris in a number of small ways since he took office in 2001 - creating Paris Plage and founding La Nuit Blanche, for example - but according to a report published in the Journal du Dimanche on March 13, he is now planning something truly revolutionary: banning tourist buses and the cars of non-residents in four of the city's central arrondissements - the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th - by the year 2012. The plan will be gradually phased in, starting with the closing of the riverside road that has long been a blight on one of the most beautiful sites in Paris. Let's hope the mayor will stick to his guns on this one and resist the powerful pro-car elements. Other cities, even Rome, have survived the banning of vehicles in their centers. Traffic congestion was cited as one reason for Paris's ranking of 31 in a recent survey on the quality of life in the world's largest cities, conducted by Mercer Consulting.

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