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Triangles, voter fatigue and the Bourbon Palace: French parliamentary elections

This week, we explore French parliamentary elections, the so-called "third round" of the presidential race. The rules to becoming MP are quite particular in France. Though arguably just as important as the race for the Élysée Palace, voter turnout tends to be lower. As for political parties, there's a big incentive to having a maximum number of candidates elected - and it's not just about weighing in on policy-making.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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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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2017-08-31 France

C'est la rentrée! France's back-to-school renaissance

This week we explore "la rentrée", the renaissance that takes place after France's summer shutdown. Children return to school, politicians scheme about the year to come and...

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2017-08-24 French culture

Vive l’apéro! Understanding French drinking culture

The French take pride in the notion that they savour the good things in life, and that also goes for the way they consume alcohol. For a lot of French residents, the best part of...

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2017-08-17 France

Malbouffe: understanding junk food à la française

France is famous for its haute cuisine and often credited for having the best eating habits in the world but things have changed over the years. These days the French...

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