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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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Even Napoleon Had his Josephine

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EVEN NAPOLEON HAD HIS JOSEPHINE
Pourquoi tant de haine toward the French president from Britain? Well, it’s traditional, and then there’s the fact that Nicolas Sarkozy reminds many of Napoleon
. Along with the French failure to invite Queen Elizabeth to the 65th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landings, the British press is having a field day with Sarko’s new, more informal page on Facebook, which includes a video of the prez popping in unannounced on a chat between his Josephine – singer and ex-model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy – and a group of readers of a mainstream women’s magazine, Femme Actuelle. It’s true that Sarkozy is awkward in his supposed naturalness and Bruni is rather over the top in the way she stares lovingly at hubby, insistently strokes his arm and calls him “chou-chou” (sweetie-pie), but does it really deserve to be called “nauseating”? On second thought… Click here to decide for yourself.