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

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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2016-12-02 FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24 turns 10: A look behind the scenes

This week we bring you a special edition of France in Focus. To mark FRANCE 24’s 10th anniversary on December 6, we're taking you behind the scenes of our 24-hour news channel...

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2016-11-25 France

Terrorism: France on charm offensive to lure back tourists

With 84 million tourists each year, France is the most visited country in the world. But the numbers have dropped sharply as the country's tourist industry faces the threat of...

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2016-08-26 Paris

Secrets of Les Invalides: Home to war veterans and Napoleon

This week, we take you behind the scenes of one of Paris' most famous monuments: the Hotel des Invalides. Built a stone's-throw away from the river Seine, this military...

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2015-06-18 Napoleon

Video: Napoleon, the rise and fall of a military genius

FRANCE 24 brings you a special programme devoted to the myth and legends surrouding Napoleon Bonaparte.

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2016-07-08 wine

Bordeaux: French wine capital and 'best city to visit'

This week, we head to Bordeaux, a stunning city that has just topped Lonely Planet's guide of top ten cities to visit in 2017. It is of course world famous for its wine and we...

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