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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.

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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2018-09-06 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Bullfighting, pétanque and pastis: Exploring the south of France

Whether it's the Sud-Ouest region, Occitanie or "La Provence", the south of France is very diverse. Though it's hard to generalise about southern culture, there are stereotypes....

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2018-08-31 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Short hours, long breaks: Are French workers lazy?

With the 35-hour working week, ample vacation time and long lunch breaks (often with wine), French people have the reputation of being lazy. However, studies show that French...

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2018-08-09 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

From baguettes to bistros: the battle to protect France’s cultural heritage

What do the baguette, Paris bistros and “bouquinistes”, open air booksellers along the river Seine, have in common? Other than starting with the letter ‘b’, groups are lobbying...

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2018-07-18 FRENCH CONNECTIONS

What the World Cup win means for France

France erupted with joy on July 15 when Les Bleus beat Croatia in the World Cup final. It's a big deal for any country to win the World Cup, but it felt particularly special in...

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