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An in-depth look at the political and social events shaping France. Every Friday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-07-21

Bistrot or bust? Why France's famed cafés are disappearing

This week, we're turning our eye to the bistrot, France's answer to the pub. Bistrots have played a central part in French culture for more than a century. But although hundreds of eateries open their doors across France every year, an even greater number are shutting up shop. That's been the overall trend for the past few years. So what's the cultural significance of French bistrots and what's being done to save them? We take you to find out.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Tom BURGES WATSON , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-10-13 traffic

Paris, the city of love, lights and... traffic jams

The French capital may be known as the city of lights, but for many who live here it’s also the city of "embouteillages", or traffic jams. And that's nothing new. Cars first...

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2017-10-06 Vaccine

Vaccinations: Separating fact from fiction

This week we’re examining a new French government initiative, which is set to see the policy of immunisation tightened. France is making it a legal requirement for parents to...

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2017-09-29 health

Facing up to the challenges of autism

This week we're looking into France’s attitude to a complex issue: autism. Around 1 in 100 children are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders in France and the...

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2017-09-15 Brexit

France vs Brexit Britain: Who will come out on top?

This week, we bring you a special edition on what Brexit means for France. How will it affect the tens of thousands of British people living in France, and the many more French...

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2017-09-08 France

Backstage at France's busiest airports

In this edition we're going behind the scenes of France's biggest air transport hubs. We meet air traffic controllers and police at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, and chat to...

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