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100% Pure Parisian: Comedian Julie Collas helps locals laugh at themselves

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Chinese textile wholesalers open Marseille site

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Meet Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Angela Merkel's 'mini-me'

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IN THE PRESS

Major French student union rocked by sexual assault claims

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Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

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Zuma ally Atul Gupta challenges asset freeze

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Gun control continues to trend on US social media

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Trump, guns and school shootings: Can students help change gun control laws?

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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 : 2014-04-22

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, the charismatic Canadian contralto

Today’s guest has established herself as one of the finest contraltos singing on the classical music stage, performing with some of the world's best orchestras and operas. Marie-Nicole Lemieux joins Jade Barker on set to talk about being cast as men due to her deep and rich voice, this as she’s set to take to the stage again here in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

Also on the show: a viola to the tune of over 30 million euros? A rare Stradivarius is set to break records when it goes under the hammer later this year, but some are questioning its worth.

And listening to the sounds of the streets: we take a look at a new initiative from the Mayor of London to make life easier for the city's buskers.

By Jade BARKER

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2018-02-20 Paris

100% Pure Parisian: Comedian Julie Collas helps locals laugh at themselves

Residents of the French capital might not be known for their wide smiles but one stand-up comedian is teaching them to laugh at themselves. Julie Collas’s one-woman show "Oh My...

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2018-02-19 music

Music show: Duck Duck Grey Duck, Femi Kuti, Starchild & the New Romantic

Duck Duck Grey Duck are from Switzerland – a country not often associated with psychedelic surf-rock grooves. Yet their catchy, upbeat pop-rock jams are making waves beyond Lake...

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2018-02-16 culture

Portrait of a (First) Lady: The Obamas unveil new paintings

Barack and Michelle Obama were at America's National Portrait Gallery to present two new additions to the collection, painted by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley. The presidential...

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2018-02-15 culture

Robert Olen Butler: Still haunted by the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago he returned from the Vietnam War. Twenty-five years ago he won the Pulitzer Prize for his stories of Vietnamese immigrants in America. Through his 16 novels...

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2018-02-14 culture

Film show: 'Phantom Thread', 'Finding Phong' and 'The Apparition'

From what's said to be Daniel Day-Lewis' last film to a movie that led to Vietnam changing its law on transgender identity, Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week’s...

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