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Demonstrations are temporarily banned in Paris after the terrorist attacks, so shoes will stand in for people at a demonstration planned for Nov. 29 during COP21. Click here for details. Photo © Audrey O'Reilly


Paris Update What’s New in Paris



A 19th-century ring-shaped flacon.

Fragonard, the Grasse-based perfumer, has opened its third Musée du Parfum (3-5 square de l'Opéra Louis Jouvet, 75009) in Paris, near the Opéra Garnier. Even though these museums are attached to a commercial enterprise (each has its own boutique), they are still fascinating for anyone interested in the history of fragrances and the art and technique of making them. Visitors learn many interesting facts – near the end of his life, for example, Louis XIV, at whose court everything, even wigs, had been perfumed, banned all fragrances except orange blossom (good choice!) – and see an impressive array of unusual artifacts, including a wealth of cunning and beautiful flacons from across the centuries. All three museums are free.


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).

100% Doc
> All about documentary films: screenings, talks, workshops and online offerings. Forum des Images, Paris, through July 31.

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

Art Capital
> Contemporary art fair with works by 2,000 artists. Grand Palais, Paris, Nov. 24-29.

Biennale des Photographes du Monde Arabe Contemporain
> Contemporary photography from the Arab world. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, through Jan. 17.

Experiences Art Fair
> Contemporary art fair in an empty building. 14 Place Jacques Bonsergent, Paris, Nov. 28-Dec. 6.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

Festival de l'Imaginaire
> Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 20.

Festival Monte le Son
> This music festival in Paris libraries focuses on classical music this year. Various venues, Paris, through Nov. 28.

> Contemporary art fair, with 125 artists. Espace Champerret, Paris, Nov. 26-29.

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.

Radio France
> In collaboration with the FIAC contemporary art fair, several sound installations are open to the public in the landmark circular building. Special events on Oct. 24. Maison de la Radio, Paris, through Dec. 13.

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. 26-Nov. 30.


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