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Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

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The future of surgery

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The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

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A quirky, insider’s guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1.45 pm.

Latest update : 2016-04-01

The power of student protests

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 31.03.16: Students have been at the forefront of nationwide protests against the government's plan to reform France's labour code. Student protests are a particular beast in France and they're very effective. When students take to the streets, governments shake in their boots. Is it a cultural phenomenon? Join us as we take a look at this intricacy of French life.

Recent history is rife with examples of governments from the left and the right backtracking after massive student protests. In fact, several political careers have been cut short because of angry students.

Some argue that student protests are part of our cultural heritage. A lot of that has to do with the legacy of May 68, which some might call the ultimate student protest.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2017-11-16 Gay marriage

Gay rights in France: After marriage equality, what's next?

In 2013, same-sex marriage and adoption became legal in France but key issues remain unresolved. The main sticking point today concerns "medically assisted procreation",...

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2017-11-09 French culture

French Lit 101: Exploring France's vibrant book culture

Literature holds an important place in the French cultural landscape. Many authors have superstar status and the mainstream media often relays literary news, particularly the...

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2017-10-26 pollution

A car-free Paris: Nightmare or dream come true?

For Paris to remain a postcard city, must it become a "post-car" city? That’s what Mayor Anne Hidalgo thinks. She recently outlined her plan to crack down on pollution in the...

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2017-10-19 women's rights

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein in the US sent shockwaves around the world. Here in France, it has revived a debate on sexual harassment and male predation, particularly...

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2017-10-12 guns

Gun control in France

Like other European countries, France has tight gun laws. Acquiring a permit to own a weapon is long and tricky and there are restrictions on what types of guns people can buy....

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