Tête-a-tête: Is France 2 Anti-Semitic?

French Jews have cried foul over the recent airing of France 2’s 'Un oeil sur la planète'. Romina Ruiz-Goiriena and Gilad Halpern share their views on the controversial row.

Strauss-Kahn steers clear of pimps in latest sex scandal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is caught up in yet another sex scandal. This time, the former IMF chief is alleged to have paid for sex. But that’s not a problem – legally – if only he paid the prostitute, and not her pimp.

The bumpy road ahead...

Each month, this blog will feature examples of the continuing threat to press freedom around the world as well as stories from the African continent.

Hitting the Euromillions jackpot: too much of a good thing?

This week saw good news for at least one person in France. While markets were getting jittery over French banks’ exposure to Greek debt, someone in Normandy had just won the Euromillions jackpot. The lucky winner will pocket 162.2 million euros.
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Geography, history, twittery? French pupils get Twitter lessons

French pupils as young as five will be taught to use Twitter this academic year, when the popular social network reaches into classrooms across the country as a reading and writing exercise that is bound to get tongues wagging.
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In France, food says it all

Paris is a city that loves food. In fact, it loves food so much it often crops up as either a topic of conversation or a form of expression. There are a myriad ways of bandying fruit laced idioms or meaty insults to describe people and things...
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A pick-it-yourself farm on the fringes of Paris

After a short hiatus, “Flipside” is back! For Parisians looking to escape plastic-wrapped foodstuffs, the Ferme et cueillette de Gally offers a breath of fresh air and a down-to-earth alternative to the city's monotonous supermarkets.
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‘Not French enough’ after 50 years? PM reignites national identity debate

A Norwegian-born French politician was berated this week for suggesting that the Bastille Day military march was outdated. Told to “go home” by a ruling party politician, the controversy has touched on a very raw nerve in France – national identity.

Relief comes amid questions as French journalists are finally released in Afghanistan

Wednesday saw some good news for a change: the release of the two French journalists, Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, who had been held hostage in Afghanistan for the past 18 months. I was at work when the news broke.

Seduction: 'the key' to understanding France?

In her new book, “La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life”, Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent for the New York Times, gives the French some much-needed good press. Well, up to a point.
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