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Latest update : 2017-09-01

Say cheese: The secrets of real French 'fromage'

This week, we're looking at one of France's greatest achievements: cheese! The country boasts more than 1,200 types of cheese and they are at the centre of a huge industry. But as major corporations seek to play fast and loose with the rules surrounding production, how can consumers be sure they are getting the real deal? We give you some advice. Finally, we report on a solution for those whose dietary choices mean traditional cheese is off the menu: vegan cheese!

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Christopher MOORE , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sonia BARITELLO , Joanna COCKERELL

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2018-02-16 Skiing

On the green slopes: An eco-friendly revolution in French ski resorts?

In this edition we're in the French Alps, the Trois Vallées to be precise. It's the largest skiing area in the world, where you have an incredible 600 kilometres of slopes to...

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2018-02-09 France

Saving France's city centres: How to lure back locals?

This week, we're in the northern French city of Dreux, famed for its rich history, royal chapel and... boarded-up shops. Like a number of cities in France, Dreux has fallen prey...

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2018-02-02 science

France's Louis Pasteur, a revolutionary scientist

He's known as the "father of microbiology". Louis Pasteur's discoveries provided the foundations of modern medicine and continue to fascinate today. The French scientist's...

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2018-01-19 France

Aiding migrants in France: What are the legal implications?

In 2017, France received a record number of asylum applications: 100,000 in all. And when arriving in a new country, information is key. We meet the team of infomigrants.net,...

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2018-01-12 fashion

France's love affair with lingerie

This week, we’re looking into the lacy and racy world of lingerie. The word is French, and rightly so: the country boasts a particularly strong and long-standing tradition of...

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