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Latest update : 2017-03-02

French president: A modern-day monarch?

With the presidential election just around the corner, everyone is focused on the campaign. Today, FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot take a closer look at the top prize: the presidency. There’s a reason everyone wants to be France's president: the role has a lot of power compared to the leaders of most other modern democracies, such as the US, Germany and the UK. In fact, critics say the French president is a kind of temporary modern-day monarch in the style of the ancient regimes.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2017-03-09 French Presidential Elections 2017

From spending caps to limited airtime: The rules of running for president in France

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 09.03.17: This week, we take a look behind the scenes of the French presidential campaign, which has some pretty strict rules. For example, a limit on...

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2017-02-23 agriculture

France's Salon de l'Agriculture: Celebrating a struggling sector

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 23.02.17: France's biggest farm is setting up shop in the capital. This week the Paris International Agricultural Show kicks off. The Salon de...

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2017-02-16 Valentine's Day

Are the French the world's best lovers?

Valentine’s Day was just a few days ago, a good opportunity to focus on love "à la française". What is it like to date a French person? Are the rules different? Do all French...

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2017-02-02 French Presidential Elections 2017

A voté! How France elects its president

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 02.02.17: France is gearing up for the 2017 presidential elections. Rarely has there been so much uncertainty surrounding who could be the next person...

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