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A quirky, insider’s guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1.45 pm.

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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 win the competition like they did back in 1998. Though 20 years ago, that victory still inspires today's fans. Meanwhile, women's football is gaining ground in the country, though work remains to be done for "Les Bleus" to gain as much interest and respect as the men's team.

>> What remains of multicultural France that won 1998 World Cup?

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2018-11-15 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

France's love/hate relationship with Beaujolais nouveau

On the third Thursday of November, France celebrates the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau. It's France's most famous "vin primeur" (young wine) and hails from the beautiful and...

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2018-11-08 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

From 'poilus' to 'gueules cassées': How France commemorates WWI

November 11, 2018 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One. To mark the centenary of the armistice, we explore some of the themes and anecdotes that come...

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2018-10-31 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

French regional accents: Source of pride or discrimination?

The French accent may be considered one of the sexiest in the world, but like other countries, there are many different accents depending on which part of the country you come...

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2018-10-26 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Accessible and cheap or selective and elitist? The student experience in France

In this episode of French Connections, Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot graduate up to higher education and explore the academic experience à la française. What's it like to...

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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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