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Latest update : 2018-02-22

Are the French rude, or is it a big misunderstanding?

The French (and in particular Parisians) don't have a reputation for being the most polite people in the world, with tourists often complaining about how rude they can be. And yet, etiquette is taken seriously in France: A whole network of rules governs just about everything, from how to say "Hello" to how to behave at a dinner party. Join us as we explore this paradox.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2018-06-21 Florence VILLEMINOT

Allez les Bleus! Exploring France's love of football

With the World Cup in full swing, we explore France's love of football, the so-called national sport. Many people hope Team France (known as "Les Bleus") will repeat history and...

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2018-06-07 Florence VILLEMINOT

No smoking: Is a major cultural change underway in France?

When you think about a stereotypical French person, you often imagine them with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other - but how true is that cliché? The idea...

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2018-05-31 Sport

Game, set and match: France's love of Roland-Garros

This week we explore the ins and outs of the French Open, known as Roland-Garros here in France. The tennis tournament is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the calendar...

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2018-05-25 Florence VILLEMINOT

The French are so rude! Or is it just a misunderstanding?

FRANCE 24 brings you its brand new monthly show, French Connections Plus. In this first episode, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula explore the ins and outs of French...

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2018-05-17 Florence VILLEMINOT

What’s left of the spirit of May 68?

This month, France is marking the 50th anniversary of May 68, a social and cultural revolution considered a major turning point in French society. Students and workers joined...

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