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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 : 2017-10-20

Paris, the city of love, lights and... traffic jams

The French capital may be known as the city of lights, but for many who live here it’s also the city of "embouteillages", or traffic jams. And that's nothing new. Cars first became an integral part of the Parisian landscape in the 1920s and 30s, with the explosion of private car ownership. According to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, it’s now time to "reconquer the public space" for pedestrian and cyclists. We take a closer look at her ambitious plans.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Haxie MEYERS-BELKIN

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2018-11-05 FRANCE IN FOCUS

Armistice: The signature that ended World War I

One century ago, on November 11, 1918, the armistice that ended World War I was signed in the French forest of Compiègne. The conflict had lasted for more than four years, during...

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2018-11-02 FRANCE IN FOCUS

France marks four decades of legendary Route du Rhum sailing race

On November 4, skippers will set sail from the French port of Saint-Malo for the legendary transatlantic Route du Rhum competition, 40 years after the first race. We ask 2002...

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2018-10-26 FRANCE IN FOCUS

Talking death in Paris’ star-studded cemetery

All Saints Day is a chance for the French to honour their dead, but not all do so in the same way. With a multicultural and multi-faith population, the country blends a variety...

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2018-10-12 FRANCE IN FOCUS

Animal welfare: France at the bottom of the class

In France, there is no legal framework to truly protect animals. In fact, until 2015, animals had the same legal status as "moveable property" - in other words, furniture! In...

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2018-10-05 FRANCE IN FOCUS

The changing face of French parenthood

When it comes to having babies, France is Europe's most fertile country. Last year, a total of 767,000 babies were born here. But even so, that number was 2% lower than the...

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