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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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TALKING EUROPE

David McAllister: 'EU involvement in Catalonia could set a precedent'

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TALKING EUROPE

Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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IN THE PAPERS

A piece of history: Five former US presidents gather for hurricanes fundraiser

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IN THE PAPERS

Chic hotels and horse races: Calais tries to shed its 'Jungle' image

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EYE ON AFRICA

Kenyatta and Odinga call for peace before Kenya's election rerun

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THE INTERVIEW

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

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MEDIAWATCH

The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After Raqqa; Xi's the boss; and Spain enters unchartered waters

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How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2013-11-27

How To Be Happy

Do 20 minutes of sport a day, and last thing at night, think of three things that worked today. That and other pearls of wisdom form the basis of a new Paris show that’s more experience than exhibition. "The Happy Show" is graphic artist and designer Stefan Sagmeister’s way of getting all of us to think about what brings us joy – featuring all kinds of quirky and frivolous exhibits, graphics and questions.

To continue the theme, we check out Pharrell Williams’ latest single “Happy”, and ask whether it really needed a 24-hour music video to keep our enjoyment levels up. Also on the show: photo art and support for Pussy Riot from British artist Layla Sailor, and we meet the young Afghans competing for their country’s young contemporary art prize.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2017-10-20 culture

Contemporary art takes over the French capital and the countryside

The FIAC has set up shop for its 44th edition in Paris's Grand Palais. Alongside the offerings from big name galleries from Paris, London and New York, this year the art fair is...

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2017-10-19 culture

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

From the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco to Paul Gauguin’s life and art uncovered in Paris, Eve Jackson has this week’s culture news.

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2017-10-18 culture

Film show: 'Detroit', 'Kingsman 2', 'Beauty and the Dogs'

From Kathryn Bigelow's look at police brutality in 1960s "Detroit" to a woman's quest for justice in "Beauty and the Dogs", film critic Emma Jones talks to Eve Jackson about the...

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2017-10-17 culture

Musical maestro Philippe Jordan on bringing passion to the Paris Opera

Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan has been waving the baton at the Paris Opera for close to a decade, as the prestigious company's musical director. The maestro is currently...

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2017-10-16 culture

Music show: Client Liaison, Boyz II Men & Jessie Ware

Australian duo Client Liaison are setting dance floors alight with their retro-flavoured pop and fun, feel-good grooves. The band’s vocalist Monte Morgan and keyboardist Harvey...

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