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Latest update : 2014-05-14

'La Marseillaise' controversy: Political row over French national anthem

Should French officials sing the Marseillaise aloud? The question may sound trivial, but it has once again become a topic of controversy after the opposition accused the justice minister of not singing the national anthem during a recent function. With European elections some two weeks away and the far-right National Front in a position to win them, the issue of national identity is yet again taking centre stage in France.

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2015-03-03 National Front party (France)

French local elections: Far-right National Front in pole position

After winning the European elections last June, France's far-right National Front is set for a historic performance in local elections later this month. Once a marginal player,...

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2015-02-24 terrorism

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This year's annual dinner of France's Jewish umbrella organisation was supposed to show that France was united in the wake of January's deadly terrorist attacks. Instead, it...

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2015-02-17 French politics

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2015-02-10 French politics

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