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Latest update : 2017-11-23

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 the 1950s, it's still higher than in other European countries. Why haven't the government's anti-smoking measures worked? Could French culture be part of the problem?

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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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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2017-11-16 Gay marriage

Gay rights in France: After marriage equality, what's next?

In 2013, same-sex marriage and adoption became legal in France but key issues remain unresolved. The main sticking point today concerns "medically assisted procreation",...

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2017-11-09 French culture

French Lit 101: Exploring France's vibrant book culture

Literature holds an important place in the French cultural landscape. Many authors have superstar status and the mainstream media often relays literary news, particularly the...

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