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

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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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2015-03-19 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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2015-03-13 France

Helicopter disaster: France mourns sports stars killed in Argentina crash

This week, we look at the reality TV show that ended in tragedy. Three sporting heroes are among the dead as France is shaken by a fatal helicopter crash in Argentina. Also,...

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2015-03-06 Islam

Inside a school for imams

This week, French PM Manuel Valls unveils plans aimed at countering the influence of foreign-trained imams. Next, Europe’s human rights watchdog rebukes France for its vague laws...

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2015-02-27 technology

The future of agriculture

With the 52nd edition of the Salon de l'Agriculture in full swing in Paris this week, we're dedicating this entire edition to French agriculture. It's a sector of the country's...

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2015-02-20 Socialist Party (France)

Socialist party: The reasons behind the backbench revolt

This week, the French government forces a raft of economic reforms through parliament, after it became clear that rebels on the left didn't support them. Also, fresh details...

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