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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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2015-04-17 Manuel Valls

French PM outlines action plan against racism, anti-Semitism

This week, three months after the Paris terror attacks, the French prime minister unveils plans to stamp out racism and anti-Semitism. Next, why the party of former president...

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2015-04-10 architecture

Paris' cityscape throughout the ages

This week we're talking about architecture in the French capital, the most visited city on earth. We look at how the Paris skyline has changed over the centuries. Next, we head...

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2015-04-03 Alps

A320 plane crash: a complicated search and recovery operation

We begin in the Alps, where a massive salvage operation is still taking place following the Germanwings plane crash. Next, we look at the fallout out from regional elections as...

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2015-03-27 unemployment

France's chronic unemployment problem

This week France in Focus is dedicated to the problem of unemployment here in the eurozone's second-largest economy. We find out how for people over 50, finding a job can be that...

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2015-03-19 Manuel Valls

French PM sets out plans for new spying rules

In a bid to better tackle the terrorist threat, the French government unveils plans to empower the intelligence services and also provide them with more resources to help them do...

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