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Latest update : 2014-08-08

The story behind Deauville's transformation

This week, we’re looking at France’s summer holiday season. We head to Deauville, one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Normandy coast. Deauville is just two hours from Paris and renowned for its glitz and glamour, but until the late 19th century, there was nothing there but fields and deserted beaches. We dig into the story behind Deauville's tourist boom.

This year, around half of all French people are going away on holiday. But many are still feeling the squeeze of the economic crisis and are trying to keep costs down, favouring low-cost holidays instead.

Also, we take you out with the emergency response teams on the coast and in the air. Every summer, French rescue workers mount special patrols to save the lives of holiday-makers.

By Catherine NORRIS TRENT , Joanna COCKERELL , Emilie KAMINSKI , Stéphane BERNSTEIN

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2015-07-31 Paris

The River Seine, the lifeblood of the French capital

This week our show is entirely dedicated to the River Seine in Paris. We'll meet those who are lucky enough to call the river home and introduce you to the police force dedicated...

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2015-07-24 immigration

France then and now: The immigration challenge

This week, we begin with a short history lesson to see how centuries of immigration have made France the country it is today. Next, we meet migrants who are camped out in the...

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2015-07-17 Louvre

Holidaymaking in the Internet age

With people across Europe getting in the mood for their summer holidays, we decided to dedicate this edition entirely to tourism in France. We look at how tourists' tastes and...

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2015-07-09 Charlie Hebdo

Paris attacks, six months on

This week our show is dedicated entirely to the Paris attacks which, six months ago, claimed the lives of 17 people in three separate incidents. From Charlie Hebdo to...

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2015-07-03 France

Guadeloupe: The story behind France’s butterfly island

With Antigua to the north and Barbados to the south, we've been following in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus to explore the French department of Guadeloupe. We tell you...

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