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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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2018-01-04 France

Bonne année!

This week we take a closer look at how French people kick off the New Year. From obsessively wishing each other "Bonne Année" to eating delicious King Cake. Meilleurs voeux to...

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2017-12-14 Corsica

Corsica: Understanding France's complex relationship with its 'island of beauty'

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica is known as the "island of beauty". It's had a tumultuous relationship with the mainland since it became French in the 18th century and...

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2017-12-07 Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday: The life and legacy of 'French Elvis'

Johnny Hallyday was France’s biggest rock star for more than half a century. Despite selling more than 110 million albums over his nearly 60-year-long career he was virtually...

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2017-11-23 smoking

Is France a chain-smoking nation?

When you think of a stereotypical French person, you often picture them puffing on a cigarette. Is France a chain-smoking nation? While the number of smokers has dropped since...

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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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