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The power of student protests

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 31.03.16: Students have been at the forefront of nationwide protests against the government's plan to reform France's labour code. Student protests are a particular beast in France and they're very effective. When students take to the streets, governments shake in their boots. Is it a cultural phenomenon? Join us as we take a look at this intricacy of French life.

Recent history is rife with examples of governments from the left and the right backtracking after massive student protests. In fact, several political careers have been cut short because of angry students.

Some argue that student protests are part of our cultural heritage. A lot of that has to do with the legacy of May 68, which some might call the ultimate student protest.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2018-10-11 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

How can France protect its national heritage without breaking the bank?

Part of what makes France famous around the world is the ubiquity of its impressive, old monuments. But paying for the upkeep of these national treasures can be a headache. The...

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2018-09-28 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Outstanding or outdated? The ins and outs of French education

Grab your schoolbags! In this episode of French Connections, Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot head back to school to study the ins and outs of France’s education system. The...

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2018-09-13 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Is Paris a dirty city?

When you imagine the French capital, you imagine impressive monuments, romantic cafés and pretty parks... but the truth is, real Paris clashes with postcard Paris. Whether it's...

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2018-09-06 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Bullfighting, pétanque and pastis: Exploring the south of France

Whether it's the Sud-Ouest region, Occitanie or "La Provence", the south of France is very diverse. Though it's hard to generalise about southern culture, there are stereotypes....

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2018-08-31 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Short hours, long breaks: Are French workers lazy?

With the 35-hour working week, ample vacation time and long lunch breaks (often with wine), French people have the reputation of being lazy. However, studies show that French...

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