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Cannes 2017: 'The Square', Sofia Coppola and Joaquin Phoenix take top prizes

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THE OBSERVERS

The violinist of Venezuela's protests; and France's dying bees

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FOCUS

Famine used as a weapon of war in South Sudan

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THE DEBATE

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 2)

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THE DEBATE

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 1)

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BUSINESS DAILY

British Airways IT debacle could cost the airline big

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TALKING EUROPE

Security in Europe: Is there more that could or should be done?

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IN THE PAPERS

Is this the end of the Western post-war order?

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THE INTERVIEW

Living with the 'new normal': How govts need to innovate in the fight against terrorism

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

An in-depth look at the political and social events shaping France. Every Friday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-05-27

Pentecost: what is the 'day of solidarity' for?

Many locals enjoyed the day off work on Monday for Pentecost, a bank holiday cancelled by the government five years ago but which has now been relaxed; it was a good year for French cinema at the Cannes Film Festival; and the French Open is under way here in Paris with one French hope, Richard Gasquet, already eliminated - we look at why French players haven't taken home the trophy in such a long time.

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2017-05-19 France

The monumental battle to save France’s historic sites

FRANCE 24's Tom Burges Watson heads to France's stunning Richelieu National Library. He’s given a special tour of the magnificent Salle Labrouste, which has only just been...

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2017-05-12 France

The upper crust of French baking

This week, we're looking at that quintessential French staple: bread. It's a cliché but true: France could not be more serious about biting into the perfect loaf. The country's...

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2017-04-27 French Presidential Elections 2017

Macron vs Le Pen: The battle for France's top job

On April 23, French people headed to polling stations to cast their ballots in the first round of what was dubbed "the most unpredictable presidential election" in France's...

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2017-04-21 France

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

This week, we're turning up the heat as we tell you all about France's much-loved fire brigade. They are often first on the scene of a crisis, and firefighting makes up just a...

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2017-04-14 France

Employment: New paths back to work

This week, we’re exploring the issue of employment. In France, the unemployment rate has reached 10 percent and local authorities across the country are seeking new approaches to...

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