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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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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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