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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

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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Fighting obesity with a baguette

Dieting the French Way: Carbs and Butter

It may not look very appetizing, but the Optimatin is palatable.

Contrary to the impression created by Mireille Guiliano's best-selling book French Women Don't Get Fat, not all French people are svelte. As traditional eating habits change, waistlines are expanding here, too, and obesity is on the rise. One response to the problem is itself very French: a fat-fighting baguette. Food scientist Claude Godard of Chalon-sur-Saone, with government support, worked with the research company Eurogerm to develop the Optimatin baguette, which contains a special mix of grains and fibers designed to make people feel full longer. The new baguette comes pre-divided into six parts, three of them to be eaten with breakfast, two with lunch and one with dinner. While a bit dry, it is perfectly palatable. Dr. Godard found that many obese people who came to him for dieting advice regularly skipped breakfast, which made them more likely to overindulge later in the day. This is a man whose advice most dieters would love to hear. Just listen to him on the subject of dieting: When asked if pasta should be eaten plain or with butter, he says, "Pasta with butter is preferable, because the butter further slows the absorption of the pasta's complex sugars and facilitates its assimilation by the organism." That's the kind of diet we approve of.

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