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

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Turkey's push to be the 'champion of Palestine'

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'The sky falls in on Froome'

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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 : 2016-08-25

Understanding the burkini ban

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.08.16: This week we wade into the controversy of the summer: the burkini ban. Several French mayors have banned the modest swim suit worn by some Muslim women citing public security and the need to defend state secularism. The local bylaws have sparked widespread outrage. Critics accuse the mayors of stigmatizing French Muslims and opening a Pandora’s box of religious intolerance.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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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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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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