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FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

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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2016-05-20 housing

Housing in France: From a lack of accommodation to luxury properties

This week we take you to the north-west of Paris to look into the topic of housing. In accordance with French legislation, some of the flats being built here will be used as...

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2016-05-13 Paris attacks (Nov. 13)

France's fight against radicalisation

Six months have now passed since the November 13 Paris attacks in which 130 people lost their lives. For the most part, life has returned to normal but the issues of religious...

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2015-11-06 history

Fontainebleau: Home sweet home for King Francis I

This week, we take you to the castle of Fontainebleau, which was the favorite residence of King Francis I. It's a perfect setting for this edition of France in Focus, which marks...

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2016-04-28 French cinema

Cinema, a French love affair

This week it's lights, camera, action as we train our eye on the French film industry. To get a real feel for what makes French film an exception, we meet award-winning director...

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2016-04-22 prostitution

Prostitution: A long and complicated history

This week we're delving into the difficult issue of prostitution. Since April 2016, France has put the onus on clients by punishing them with a fine. It's a measure that has its...

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