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They may be called the Journées Patrimoines, but women get a look in at the European Heritage Days as well. Why not go and see one of the historic locations celebrating one of France’s leading females?

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Want to discover some of the secrets of Paris? A unique guided tour teaches visitors about the history of brothels in the now illustrious district of the Palais Royal in Paris

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Paris

Discover the history behind Alexander Dumas’s tale of derring-do, the ultimate swashbuckling adventure.

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Born out of revolution, the French national flag is the ultimate symbol of liberté, egalité and fraternité

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French culture

From June to August sun-drenched fields of lavender are a feature of Provence. Find out how lavender was first introduced to the region and became such an important part of the landscape

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French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg revelled in his ability to shock people with his lyrics and lifestyle and arguably affected French popular culture more than any other artist of the 20th century

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Known in France as la marinière, the Breton striped top is a wardrobe staple favoured by everyone from Coco Chanel to Pablo Picasso. Find out how the Breton shirt went from being a sailor’s uniform to a cult classic

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Famous as the author of Gigi, French writer Colette attracted much controversy during her long life

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The story of Joan of Arc

Friday, January 12, 2018

More than 600 years after France’s greatest heroine was born, Peter Stewart traces Joan of Arc’s quest to become the saviour of France

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5 French Christmas traditions

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thinking of spending the festive period in France? Louise Sayers explains 5 key French Christmas and seasonal traditions that you need to know about if you are to celebrate Noël like a local

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Christmas in France

Traditional French Christmas celebrations include letters from Santa, feasts on Christmas Eve and presents at the beginning of December!

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Christmas in France

Originally designed to carry two peasants, 100lb of potatoes and as cask of wine, the Citroën 2CV is now an icon and undoubtedly France’s most famous car

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