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La laïcité

On December 9, 1905, there was a very significant change made in French society that still marks it profoundly today – the French law separating church and state, known as la laïcité (lah lay-ih-see-tay) came into effect. The idea is … Continue reading

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Médecins sans Frontières

French politician and doctor Bernard Kouchner was born on November 1, 1939. He is best known as one of the founders of Médecins sans Frontières (maydsahn sahn fron-tea-air), or Doctors Without Borders, and Médecins du Monde (maydsahn due mohnd), Doctors … Continue reading

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La messe n’est pas encore dite

April 22, 2012 marked the first round of the French presidential election. The French system has its particularities. A multitude of candidates can present themselves at the first round, but only the top two candidates advance to the next round. … Continue reading

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Comme si de rien n’était

The Italian-born Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of current French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was born on December 23, 1967. She moved to France in 1975 because her family was apparently at risk of being targeted for kidnapping by the Red Brigade, a … Continue reading

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La vache !

The annual Salon International de l’Agriculture will run from February 19 to 27, 2011 in Paris. It’s a huge, huge event. To see it properly, you’d need to consecrate three days. What’s the big deal? France is justifiably proud of … Continue reading

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À cœur vaillant rien d’impossible

On Saturday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on a state visit to Martinique that the “soul” of Aimé Césaire (26 June 1913 – 17 April 2008) will be placed in the Pantheon in Paris. Said soul will be represented by … Continue reading

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