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Two Italians in Paris: the scooter and the man. Photo: Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo.


C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


“Fagonia” is a genus of flowering plants in the Zygophyllaceae family. And I’ll bet that’s what you thought of first when you saw this sign, right?

David Jaggard

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Reader Ron Fox recommends the restaurant La Divina Commedia: “Pizza with a fine thin crust, Roman style, cooked perfectly and topped with fresh produce and/or ham. My preference is the Capricciosa accompanied by a red wine from Ginestra. The various risottos are equally good, the veal dishes less so.” 12, rue du Dragon, 75006 Paris. Tel.: 01 42 22 53 53.

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on its name to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

> African cultural festival; films and concerts in various venues in Paris suburbs, through Dec. 24.

Courts Devant
> Festival of short films from around the world. Lambert Wilson is the president of the jury this year. Various venues, Paris, through Nov. 30.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more. Various venues, Paris, through Jan. 26.

Festival Monte le Son
> This music festival in Paris libraries focuses on folk music this year. Various venues, Paris, through Nov. 29.

Grand Tasting
> Wine fair with 370 winemakers. Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, Nov. 28-29.

John Ford
> Festival of films by John Ford. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, Dec. 3-Feb. 23.

La Suède en Lumière
> A series of cultural and culinary events to celebrate the visit of the king of Sweden to Paris. Various venues, Paris, Dec. 1-7.

Contemporary art fair, with 125 artists. Espace Champerret, Paris, Nov. 27-30.

Mois de la Photo
> Dozens of photo exhibitions and other photo-related events. Various venues, Paris throughout Nov. and beyond.

Montmartre Dionysia
> “Of Honeyed Words but Evil Mind”: a festival of new English-language theater in Paris. Various locations, Paris, December 1-6.

Only French Festival
> Festival of French-language music. Various locations, Paris, Nov. 27-30.

Paris Village de Noël Champs Elysées
> Christmas market on the Champs Elysées between the Rond-Point and the Place de la Concorde, Paris, through Jan. 4. Click here for a full list of Christmas markets in Paris.

Salon des Antiquaires et Art Contemporain
> Antique and contemporary art fair. Avenue Foch, Paris, through Dec. 1.

Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants
> Independent producers bring their vintages to Paris for tasting at a popular wine fair. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.


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