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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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2018-07-18 Florence VILLEMINOT

What the World Cup win means for France

France erupted with joy on July 15 when Les Bleus beat Croatia in the World Cup final. It's a big deal for any country to win the World Cup, but it felt particularly special in...

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2018-07-12 Florence VILLEMINOT

Tour de France: More than a cycling race, a celebration!

The Tour de France is the biggest free sporting spectacle in the world. First organized in 1903, the so-called "Grande Boucle" is held primarily during the month of July and...

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2018-07-05 Florence VILLEMINOT

Are the French really bad drivers?

French people have the reputation of being pretty reckless behind the wheel, but how true is that stereotype? Despite regular traffic violations, the number of deaths on French...

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2018-06-29 Florence VILLEMINOT

Parlez-vous français? The ins and outs of the French language

In this episode of French Connections Plus, we explore the ins and outs of the French language. Once the language of diplomacy, French is still influential around the world,...

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2018-06-21 Florence VILLEMINOT

Allez les Bleus! Exploring France's love of football

With the World Cup in full swing, we explore France's love of football, the so-called national sport. Many people hope Team France (known as "Les Bleus") will repeat history and...

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