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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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French secularism: More than 100 years of 'laïcité'

In this edition, we're turning our eye to the French Republic's secular laws which separate the involvement of any religion from governmental affairs. The word for "secular" in French is "laïcité", a word which, during the year that has passed since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, is perhaps being uttered more now than ever before.

First, we take a look back at these past 110 years of secularism in France.

Next, we examine how these secular principles are applied in towns and cities across the country and how they touch our daily lives.

Finally, we see how learning Republican values is something that begins at a very early age.

By Georges YAZBECK , Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Tom BURGES WATSON

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2018-07-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Ooh la la: Love and dating in France

This week, we’re getting all loved up! From the sexy language to the pleasure-driven lifestyle, France has a reputation for passion, starting with its capital. Paris is known as...

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2018-06-29 Jeanne LAVENANT

The waste land: Tackling France's illegal dumping

This week, we're shining the spotlight on a surprising form of pollution. As a nation, France is committed to cleaning up its environmental act. But on the ground, local...

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2018-06-22 Jeanne LAVENANT

Let's become French!

In this week's edition of France in Focus, we examine the process of becoming French. We take you to a naturalisation ceremony at the Pantheon in Paris, where we meet some of...

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2018-06-15 Jeanne LAVENANT

The Jewish community's place in French society

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. But their quest for a place in French society has been a turbulent one. In some towns, the Jewish population has been...

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2018-06-08 Jeanne LAVENANT

Standing the test of time: Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

In this week's edition, we're at one of the most visited places in the French capital: Notre Dame de Paris. We show you around this magnificent Gothic cathedral and tell you...

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