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Liberia's presidential election: Results trickle in as observers give thumbs-up

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France's Weinsteins: Watershed moment in fight against sexual abuse?

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A shield and a target: France's anti-terrorism operation 'Sentinelle'

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#MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc expose extent of sexual harassment

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Musical maestro Philippe Jordan on bringing passion to the Paris Opera

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'Black day for democracy': Malta in mourning after top journalist is murdered

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

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

Latest update : 2016-11-03

French health care: A much-loved universal system

Ranked among the best in the world, France's health care system is the object of national pride and international fascination. Generous and universal, the public/private hybrid system ensures everybody, rich or poor, gets great health care for low prices. But is it sustainable in the long run?

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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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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2017-10-05 fashion

Do French women really not get fat?

Famous for being a leader in the fashion world, France is also trying to lead the way in combatting one of the industry's darker sides: unrealistic body images that can lead to...

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2017-09-28 counter-terrorism

Counter-terrorism: Is France heading for a permanent state of emergency?

When he was running for president, Emmanuel Macron vowed to remove France from its nearly two-year state of emergency. The government has put forward an alternative...

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2017-09-21 French politics

Is the French Senate a retirement club for old politicians?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS: France is gearing up for yet another election on Sunday, September 24, this time to renew just about half of the Senate’s 348 red velvet seats. The French...

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2017-09-07 labour law

French labour code: Mind-numbing or sacred?

Revered by some and reviled by others, the French labour code is fundamental to understanding working life in France. The over 3,300-page red book regulates many things,...

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