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'Age old cities' exhibition: 'It's part of our history that's been destroyed'

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Carlos Ghosn arrest: The fall from grace of a 'workaholic'

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French government calls for interim leadership to replace Ghosn at Renault

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Nigerian opposition leader Atiku Abubakar launches presidential campaign

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Social media drives 'yellow vest' protests

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Road rage: French 'yellow vests' movement protests fuel prices

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Indian Railways hiring! World's largest recruitment drive now underway

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Music show: Serpentwithfeet on reinventing gospel with complex visions of gay black love

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Cubic poop: Scientists crack mystery of wombats' square-shaped faeces

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

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

Latest update : 2018-02-09

Saving France's city centres: How to lure back locals?

This week, we're in the northern French city of Dreux, famed for its rich history, royal chapel and... boarded-up shops. Like a number of cities in France, Dreux has fallen prey to a worrying trend: urban desertification. As giant retail chains set up shop on the outskirts of towns, consumers are abandoning the city centres, forcing smaller stores out of business. We take a closer look at the issue of urban desertification in France and find out what is being done to combat it.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Camille FEVRIER , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Nadia CHARBIT , Sonia BARITELLO

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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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