France in focus

Backstage at France's biggest funfair

This week, we're at the one thousand and sixty first edition of the Foire du Trone or Throne fair, in the south-east of Paris, a veritable institution for French children and adults alike! It's hard to believe, surrounded by such dizzying roundabouts and excited crowds, that Europe’s biggest funfair first started out as a gingerbread festival eleven centuries ago, in 957. But all is not fun at the fair, as this long-standing French tradition is under threat, especially in city centres.