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Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

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.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

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.

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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What Parisians Are Talking About This Week, June 11, 2014

Anti-Semitism, Love Locks,
Museum Scandal, Clinton

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Love locks. Photo by David Jaggard.

Bald anti-Semitism The latest anti-Semitic remark by Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the far-right-wing National Front party, has led to a public spat between him and his daughter, current party leader Marine Le Pen, and her companion Louis Aliot, vice-president of the party. Marine Le Pen and Aliot, who are trying to soften the party’s image, objected to a remark made by the elder Le Pen, who, while spewing insults at his critics, saved a special one for singer Patrick Bruel, who is Jewish: “On fera une fournée la prochaine fois,” he said, which essentially means, “Next time, we’ll set up an oven for him.” As the French press has pointed out, his comment served to remind the public of the “fascist, racist, extreme-right origins of the party.” Le Pen’s comment after his video blog was removed from the party’s site: “My daughter has stabbed me in the back.”

The weight of love Part of the railing on the Pont des Arts fell into the Seine this weekend under the burden of the thousands of “love locks” attached to it. No one was hurt, but imagine if a tourist-packed Bateau Mouche had been passing under the bridge at that moment. (To join the anti-love-locks movement, click here.)

The Picasso Museum scandal The uproar over Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti’s botched handling of the reopening of the much-loved museum in the Marais refuses to die down. Dismissed Director Anne Baldassari, who had run the museum for 10 years and shepherded it through a five-year renovation, is threatening to sue, and the museum’s reopening in September is in doubt. Meanwhile, Laurent Le Bon, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, has been named the Picasso Museum’s new director.

Gossipy Sarko Hillary Clinton’s take on Nicolas Sarkozy in her new memoir, Hard Choices: “He would gossip, casually describing other world leaders as crazy or infirm; one was a ‘drug-addled maniac’; another had a military ‘that didn’t know how to fight’; yet another came from a long line of ‘brutes.’ Sarkozy was forever asking why all the diplomats who came to see him were so unforgivably old, gray, and male.”

Heidi Ellison

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