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> From: Nick Moffitt <[email protected]>
> To: The Status is that Rob Levin Should Get a Life <[email protected]>
> Subject: [!CrackMonkey!] Art in Paris
> Date: 14 Nov 2002 17:38:19 -0800
> 
>  Plague of plaques bemuses Parisians
> 
> Jon Henley in Paris
> Thursday November 14, 2002
> The Guardian
> 
> They are what the French call ludique, which is to say playful,
> amusing and, by extension, really rather puzzling: nobody knows why
> they are there, who put them up, or even when they first appeared.
> 
> But the rash of bizarre, fake commemorative plaques that has suddenly
> begun gracing the streets of Paris has got the city council worried.
> There is, after all, a proper procedure to be followed in such
> matters, and whoever is responsible is manifestly not following it.
> 
> Perfect copies of the marble slabs that usually indicate the spot
> where a young resistance fighter died, or the past residence of a
> celebrated writer or composer, the plaques commemorate either nothing
> at all, or someone who appears never to have existed.
> 
> "On April 17 1967," reads one, "nothing happened here." Another, on
> the rue Saint-Sauveur in the second arrondissement, declares: "Karima
> Bentiffa, civil servant, lived in this building from 1984 to 1989."
> 
> The public records office contains no evidence that a Karima Bentiffa
> has ever lived anywhere in the Ile-de-France region, nor indeed a
> certain Pierre Salatier, who according to a third plaque is a computer
> programmer and was born at no.17, rue du Jour on November 12 1976.
> 
> Yet another takes the game into new realms of the absurd. "This
> plaque," it proudly announces, "was affixed on December 19 1953."
> 
> In fact, bemused local residents say, it has probably been there since
> sometime last week. Or maybe it was last month. Nobody really knows.
> 
> "I thought they were quite funny at first," said Claire de
> Clermont-Tonnerre, a conservative city councillor. "But on reflection,
> they detract from the real ones. Their unregulated proliferation is
> not very respectful of those people who really marked history."
> 
> At Ms Clermont-Tonnerre's urgent request, the council this week
> debated the issue and decided it was up to the buildings' owners to
> decide whether they wanted to remove them. The city's responsibility
> was confined to supervising the often interminable procedure governing
> who deserved a genuine plaque, it ruled.
> 
> So, for the time being, the phantom plaque-placer is likely to
> continue his mission undisturbed. It is at least more more tasteful
> than the unknown artist who for several months two years ago mystified
> many Parisians by planting small tricolour flags in a selection of dog
> turds.
> 
> -- 
> A: No.
> Q: Should I include quotations after my reply?
> 
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