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Latest update : 2017-06-29

Is French health care the best in the world?

High-quality, affordable and widely accessible, French health care was ranked best in the world by the World Health Organization in 2000. But what makes it so successful? Though critics say the public medical insurance programme costs too much, French people are very attached to (and proud of) their generous and universal health care.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2018-01-18 #MeToo

Deneuve vs. #MeToo: Exploring feminism 'à la française'

The #MeToo movement that emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal has had a major following here in France. However the movement's momentum hit a bump in the road with...

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2018-01-04 France

Bonne année!

This week we take a closer look at how French people kick off the New Year. From obsessively wishing each other "Bonne Année" to eating delicious King Cake. Meilleurs voeux to...

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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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