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As Nordstrom continues its monthlong celebration of French perfumes, City Lights resumes its intermittent assaults on all things French: Sure, the hasty application of deodorant when you’re late for work may be known as la doccia italiana, but it is the Gauls who most fervently believe an acceptable alternative to hygiene is Le Speed Stick (or do they call it Le Baton Rapide?). Not that decent protection is even available to them. You can only get two kinds of deodorant in France—regular and extra garlic. Everything else, whether based on whale spew or not, is perfume. And today former American Jim Bell, now Senior Perfumer with the House of Givaudan-Roure, will discuss his craft. One question, Jim: Can you stick it on a rope and get them to wash with it? From 2:30-4 p.m. at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City’s Nordstrom, 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington. FREE. (202) 415-1121. (Glenn Dixon)