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An in-depth look at the political and social events shaping France. Every Friday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2016-05-20

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 social housing - and France certainly has some catching up to do on the issue. But while they wait for access to social housing, many are forced to live in precarious circumstances.

Confronted with such options, a growing number of people are pooling their ressources with friends or even strangers - and working collectively to build their home sweet home. For many, having a roof over one's head is a luxury in itself.

France is also a magnet for wealthy foreigners, ready to pay top dollar for a first-hand experience of the famous French art de vivre!

With thanks to: Altarea Cogedim, Linkcity Ile-de-France et Clichy-Batignolles.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Nadia CHARBIT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Natacha MILLERET

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2017-12-08 tourism

Lyon's Fête des Lumières: From candles to extraordinary light shows

This week’s edition of France in Focus is coming to you from the city of Lyon where the world-famous “Festival of Lights”, or la Fête des Lumières, is in full swing. During four...

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2017-12-01 contraception

Fifty years of contraception: Small pill, big change

This week, France marks 50 years since contraception was officially legalised. We see how wide-spread is the use of contraception in France, and what are the methods favoured by...

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2017-11-17 wine

France raises a glass to tourism

As it does every autumn, France is celebrating the arrival of the "Beaujolais nouveau" this week. It's a good excuse for a glass of red wine and a party, although not usually a...

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2017-11-10 university

Studying abroad: Why foreign students choose France

This week we're at the Cité Universitaire on the southern edge of Paris, to learn why France is one of the top destinations for students from around the world. The quality of...

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2017-11-03 physics

Marie Curie's legacy: How her discoveries still apply today

France's Marie Curie is the only woman to have won two Nobel prizes, for her research on physics and radioactivity. Her work revolutionised everything from medicine to...

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