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The french national anthem “La Marseillaise” got its name during the French revolution because it was sung by troops from Marseille upon arriving in Paris. Here are the words in French and English.
The separation of church and state has an impact on school and public administration. France is a secular state, but what are the implications of “laïcité” in everyday life?
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Forget Shrove Tuesday, France’s version of Pancake Day is La Fête de la Chandeleur (or simply ‘La Chandeleur’), held every year on February 2nd. Naturally, crêpes are the star of the show, but the French pancakes aren’t just for eating.…
There’s nothing like a jaunt around France’s many parcs naturels régionaux especially in summer. Next time you’re in the vicinity, why not go and investigate the park life? Vercors Straddling the départements of Drôme and Isère in the southeast, the…
During Easter in France, chocolate eggs are just as popular as chocolate fish and bells, as you may have noticed from the irresistible displays in shop windows.
France’s balmy summer climes may be alluring, but there’s also plenty to do during the festive period. From Christmas markets to a parade of turkeys, here are five to-dos for your diary… 1. Skiing (and more) in the Alps…
With many different layers, French government and administration is complicated. Here’s an explanation of how it works and who is responsible for what.
Traditionally, housewives in France would spend the weeks leading up to Christmas preparing a festive feast and Christmas markets developed to supply them with the ingredients and products they needed.