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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

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"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

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 Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

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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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.