M. Hollande Goes to America

Hollande’s state visit to the United States, only the fourth state visit from any foreign leader since Obama took office, holds much in the way of symbolism.

Unpopular but underestimated? Valérie Trierweiler’s legacy as French first lady

She may certainly be the most unpopular French first lady in recent history, but does Valérie Trierweiler really deserve all the criticism over her time at the Élysée palace?

'French answer to Playboy' makes heady comeback

While a UK campaign to ban so-called "lads' mags" is gathering speed, a men’s magazine with a distinctly macho flavour has just relaunched here in France. And it's selling like hot cakes.

The ‘truth’ is France's Roma are France’s problem – not Romania’s

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls defended his Socialist government’s razing of Roma homes on Wednesday and, in what might seem like a shocking admission, said that most of the country’s Roma community should “go home”.

French court bans Ricard Facebook campaign in judicial first

French judges have ordered pastis giant Ricard to scrap a smartphone app because it allowed users to share cocktail recipes on Facebook. They also banned a campaign by the brand, saying it painted alcohol as a social lubricant.

Why is France's finance minister so happy?

Despite working 17-hour days in a bid to help revive the economy, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici recently said he was a "happy man”. Find out why...
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Row, row, row your boat

Summer in Paris has so far been a dreary affair. It’s basically been a long stretch of grey days and rainy weather. So, just in case you’ve forgotten what to do in the rare event of a sunny day, here’s a suggestion: boating in the Bois de Vincennes.
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Animal rights activists march in Paris demanding closure of slaughterhouses

This Saturday, hundreds of people marched through southern Paris calling for an end to the killing of animals for food. I went along to see what the atmosphere was like.
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Kechiche’s powerful same-sex love story wins Palme d’Or

French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's heartbreaking, erotic lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color" ("La vie d'Adèle") won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Sunday night. The Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" took the second-place Grand Prize.

Vampires, Polanski, and Palme d’Or predictions

The last two competition films, Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Behind" and Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur", were minor pleasures. Meanwhile, Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" and Farhadi's "The Past" are among frontrunners for the Palme d'Or.