Paris Divorce Fair Thrives on Breakups

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By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 4:26 PM CST
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(Newser) – The annual Paris Marriage Fair has spawned a modern offspring—a Divorce Fair. “Divorce has lost its stigma,” says its organizer; nearly 50% of French marriages, including two of Nicolas Sarkozy's, don't last. Booths at the fair offered services from divorce lawyers, tarot card readers, self-esteem coaches, and weight-loss specialists.

“I think it's a bit weird, to be honest,” one attendee tells the AP. “Just because you're going to divorce doesn't mean you need to get laser hair removal or your fortune told.” Others seemed to disagree, thronging talks—like "Meeting on the Web," “Plastic surgery’s role in re-conquering your image”—focused on starting over. And for those who might be having second thoughts, there was “How to re-seduce your partner using the Gestalt method.”