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May in France: Lucky flowers and building bridges

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Latest update : 2017-09-21

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 Parliament is the bicameral legislature. The lower house (the National Assembly) tends to overshadow the upper house (the Senate). So what does the Senate do? Is it a powerful protector of the regions or a retirement club for old, mostly male politicians?

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2018-04-26 France

May in France: Lucky flowers and building bridges

May is a month of celebration in France. The bulk of the country’s 11 public holidays fall in May – making it a favorite for employees. May 1 is also a special day for workers...

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2018-04-05 France

Why the massive rail strike? France's love-hate relationship with the SNCF

France's state rail service has long been considered a national treasure. Though it has had a lot to celebrate in its 80-year history, the SNCF is also facing a massive debt...

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2018-03-29 Easter

Flying Bells! How France celebrates Easter

Like other historically Catholic countries, France is a big fan of Easter which is known as Pâques. Traditionally, families gather for a big meal which usually involves lamb in...

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2018-03-08 France

Skiing in France: Beautiful slopes, delicious food… and expensive!

France has the reputation of being one of the top destinations in the world for winter sports. Though it’s part of the national psyche, skiing is only affordable for a privileged...

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2018-03-01 France

Cute animals and fed-up farmers: Paris's Agricultural Show

Join us as we explore the ins and outs of the Paris International Agricultural Show. The Salon de l'Agriculture is one of the most popular cultural events in Paris. For French...

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