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She's alive: Discovering Mary Shelley, 200 years after Frankenstein was published

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Nov 13 Paris terror attacks: 'Islam is part of the solution'

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

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

Latest update : 2018-09-13

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 the urine-soaked streets, ubiquitous dog poop or cigarette butts as far as the eye can see, tourists and Parisians have a lot to complain about. Paris authorities pump a lot of money and manpower into keeping the city clean. So what’s the problem? Could it be Parisians themselves?

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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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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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Outstanding or outdated?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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