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An in-depth look at the political and social events shaping France. Every Friday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-07-07

A rare look inside France's prison system

This week we look into the challenges faced by France's penitentiary system. The subject is a touchy one in a country where overpopulated jails are a longstanding and ever-growing problem. We head to a prison on the Ile de Ré on the Atlantic Coast, where we meet inmates and prison staff. We take a closer look at the initiatives being tested to avoid repeat offences and help inmates prepare for life after detention through sport, but also French classes.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Nadia CHARBIT , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL



2018-09-14 FRANCE IN FOCUS

From crowdfunding to lottery tickets: How to save French heritage?

This week, we're at the Hôtel Dieu de Château Thierry, an ancient hospital, to talk about French heritage and its ailments! While France is famed for its grand old monuments,...

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2018-09-07 FRANCE IN FOCUS

The search for France's second-hand treasures

France is famous for its luxury boutiques and designer brands, but it's also one of the top destinations for second-hand shopping. We head to Lille for the annual flea market...

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2018-08-31 FRANCE IN FOCUS

Back to school: What's on the French curriculum this year?

France's long summer holidays have finally drawn to a close and "la rentrée" is upon us: it’s back-to-school time! But this year, for many students, there will be some...

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2018-07-27 FRANCE IN FOCUS

Discovering Nîmes, the French Rome

In this week's edition, we're exploring what remains of the heritage left behind in France by the Romans. This brings us to the southern city of Nîmes, which displays plenty of...

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2018-07-20 FRANCE IN FOCUS

A closer look at France's World Cup victory

After France's stunning World Cup victory, we take a closer look at the phenomenon of Les Bleus. Who are the French national team and how did they get to the top of world...

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