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Latest update : 2017-04-21

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

This week, we're turning up the heat as we tell you all about France's much-loved fire brigade. They are often first on the scene of a crisis, and firefighting makes up just a fraction of their varied and often dangerous missions. We find out how becoming a professional firefighter can be a long and difficult process. Recently, French firefighters have started voicing growing anger over the effects of repeated budget cuts. Many feel they are being stretched to the limit - we tell you more.

Finally, we visit a temporary exhibition at Paris's town hall, which is currently looking into the specific history and mission of the French capital’s fire brigade.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Nadia CHARBIT , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL

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2018-07-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

A closer look at France's World Cup victory

After France's stunning World Cup victory, we take a closer look at the phenomenon of Les Bleus. Who are the French national team and how did they get to the top of world...

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2018-07-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Ooh la la: Love and dating in France

This week, we’re getting all loved up! From the sexy language to the pleasure-driven lifestyle, France has a reputation for passion, starting with its capital. Paris is known as...

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2018-06-29 Jeanne LAVENANT

The waste land: Tackling France's illegal dumping

This week, we're shining the spotlight on a surprising form of pollution. As a nation, France is committed to cleaning up its environmental act. But on the ground, local...

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2018-06-22 Jeanne LAVENANT

Let's become French!

In this week's edition of France in Focus, we examine the process of becoming French. We take you to a naturalisation ceremony at the Pantheon in Paris, where we meet some of...

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2018-06-15 Jeanne LAVENANT

The Jewish community's place in French society

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. But their quest for a place in French society has been a turbulent one. In some towns, the Jewish population has been...

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