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Paris will hold its fourth Nuit Blanche, which literally means "white night" but refers to a sleepless night, on Oct. 1. From 7 at night until 7 the next morning, establishments across town will stay open: museums, cafes, and movie theaters as well as churches, libraries and swimming pools. And there will be art and lighting displays at landmarks like the Hotel de Ville.

The city will be divided into five areas, each with its own schedule of exhibitions, concerts and other events.

No tickets are necessary, but expect to wait in line at times. More than a million people have gone to Paris for previous celebrations, and the popularity of Nuit Blanche has led to imitations in Rome and Brussels.

(C) 2005 International Herald Tribune. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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