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Musée du Louvre - Hall Napoléon
From Thursday, 30. April to Monday, 29. June. Entry is coupled with museum entry and costs 60 francs; or 40 francs after 15:00 and on Sundays. Closed Tuesdays as usual.

The 'Delacroix' Season

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Delacroix, this exhibition at the Grand Palais brings together 88 paintings and 33 drawings and watercolors, representing the last 13 years of the artist's career. In addition to following themes set in his youth, Delacroix experimented with color and applying it with expression; resulting in more than a hint of Expressionism to come.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
From Friday, 10. April to Monday, 20. July. Open daily, except Tuesdays. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. Entry: 45 francs.
Entry: Square Jean Perrin. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.
Make reservations at the Paris Tourist Office, major fnac outlets and France Billet: Resa. Tel.: 01 40 13 49 13. No reservations accepted at the Grand Palais; reservations must be made two days before planned visit. Catalogue, 400 pages, about 290 francs.

Delacroix, le Trait Romantique

An exhibition of about 250 drawings, watercolors and engravings, by Delacroix - showing him to be a master of color and line. The exhibition has two parts; the essentials of his engravings, including the series of lithos for Hamlet and Faust, and the other shows off the artist's different techniques.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
Galeries Mansart et Mazarine
From Tuesday, 7. April to Sunday, 12. July. Open daily except Mondays, from 9:30 to 18:30. Entry, 35 francs; catalogue, 160 pages, about 145 francs. 58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 81 10.

Delacroix et Villot

This exhibition accents the copies of Delacroix done by Frédéric Villot, painter, engraver, art historian and friend of the artist. The original and the copies of Sardanapale are shown side by side, for the first time. Other engravings, designs, letters and manuscripts by Villot are also on view.

Musée Eugène Delacroix
From Thursday, 9. April to Friday, 31. July. Open daily, except Mondays, from 9:30 to 17:00. Entry, 30 francs - allows access to permanent collection as well. 6. rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

From now until summer, but also running into early next year, there will be eight other Delacroix exhibitions; two in Paris, and one in Chantilly, Rouen, Tours, Bayonne, Versailles and Saint-Maurice in the Val-de-Marne.

Printemps Vietnamien

The following exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June.

'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyen Van Minh.' His show can be seen at the Mairie of the 2nd Arrondissement, 8. rue de la Banque, Paris 2. From Friday, 20. March until Thursday, 30. April. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam Pavillon des Arts from Saturday, 21. March until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

La Photographie Vietnamienne
Espace Photographique des Halles, from Friday, 20. March until Wednesday, 20. May. At the Forum des Halles, Place Carrée, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 40 26 87 12.

Tour Eiffel Online

This new Web site has far more information about Paris' most famous landmark than you would have thought you wanted to know, but you might be in the middle of a hot round of 'Trivial Pursuit' and need some arcane fact fast - this is where to find it. In case you are not currently in gaming-mode, the Tour Eiffel site also has 20 questions for you.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.16 - 21. April 1997 News Flash: 'President Chirac Announces Early Vote.' The issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Readers As Contributors ' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'After Changing Jails Bernard Tapie Goes to Work.' The articles in the issue were 'Paris is Not Chicken Crazy, but They're Available,' and 'In the Art Part of the Latin Quarter.' Craig Tredeau wrote to ask about stray skeletons and Mike Harmon shared 'Bubbly Terrace Memories' with us. There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was something about 'After Chickens, Next the Zoo.'

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