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The Louvre pyramid vanishes, a museum of wine opening in Bordeaux and fuel shortages across France – the French news headlines that caught our eye this week

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The French delicacy of snails © Landon Nordeman

Snails, frogs' legs and sea urchins... Be brave and try some French delicacies, you might be pleasantly surprised

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Kouglof from Alsace © Yulia Vinogradov / ThinkstockPhoto

Germanic influences are easy to see in the local food and drink specialities of Alsace in eastern France which include kouglof, pain d’épices and white wine

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Louis XIV of France © Georgios Kollidas / Thinkstockphotos

Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, was king of France during a time of prosperity and left a legacy of art and architecture, including the iconic Palace of Versailles

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10 must-see French films

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
French films you should watch

Improve your level of French with our selection of the best of modern French cinema

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Recipe for tarte au citron

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This tangy tarte au citron makes fresh summer dessert ©Thinkstock; margouillatphotos

Round off dinner parties in style with a slice of this zesty lemon tart

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French recipes
'Toast' was from the French verb 'toster' meaning 'to grill' all along! ©iStockphotos

Thought bacon, toast and cabbage were quintessentially British foods? Think again! We’ve uncovered 10 food-related English words that were originally French and you’ll never believe what they are…

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'Tomber dans les pommes', which means to 'pass out' © Rita Strik / Living France

Sound like a true French speaker by throwing some of these funny French idioms into conversation

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L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant ©Mike Abrahams

Need your fix of French food while in London? Head to one of these French restaurants in London to get a true taste of France

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Funnyman Ian Moore still isn't sure on how best to greet someone in France

The Englishman in France on why the French greeting is so awkward...

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Ian Moore

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Learn French with a daily email © Frantastique

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L’Abeille at the Shangri-La hotel

Whether you’re treating a partner to an extravagant dinner, or you’re wanting to celebrate a special occasion with some of France’s finest cuisine, here are six of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris that are well worth splashing out on.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Le Chateau du Poiron in Vendee

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Grégory Fitoussi © Guillaume Collet/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

French actor Grégory Fitoussi discusses his new role in Spin, starring in Mr Selfridge and his love of skydiving

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April Fool's jokes are called poissons d'avril in France ©Ingram Publishing/ThinkstockPhotos

As we all get our pranks and jokes ready for April Fool’s day, we take a look at the French tradition of ‘le poisson d’avril’.

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Culture and attractions
A Paris metro sign © Paris Tourist Office

Choose from our pick of words to navigate the French public transport system with ease

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Happy Easter in French © Archant

Wish people a Joyeuses Pâques and tuck into your oeuf de Pâques with these 18 French words and phrases to celebrate Easter à la française

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Le Château de Chenonceau vu du jardin de Catherine de Medicis © Guillaume Capron, Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Take a step back through French cultural and political history with a trip to one of these majestic castles.

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Jean-Philippe Blondet of the Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester restaurant in London ©pierremonetta

On March 21st Goût de/Good France will celebrate French gastronomy around the world. Over 1,500 chefs across the five continents will be serving French dishes simultaneously to honour French cuisine. Here are a few of the restaurants in Britain that will be joining in the event.

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Market in Auch, Gers © CRT Dominique Viet / Midi-Pyrenees

The markets of south-west France are famous for their colourful stalls selling foie gras, duck and goose confit and truffles. We pick some of our favourite markets in the south-west that you simply have to visit

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French Easter traditions

Monday, March 7, 2016
French Easter tradition of the flying bells © tilo / ThinkstockPhotos

Planning to spend Easter in France? Then you should know that Easter eggs are delivered by flying bells and the chocolate dispalys in shop windows are works of art...

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Communicating effectively with staff at a French hotel ©iStockphoto

Going on holiday in France? Here is a list of all the French vocabulary you will need to book a hotel room

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Brasserie le Sud restaurant in Lyon

With over 4,000 restaurants and its very own Bouchons bistros, Lyon is France’s foodie capital. Here is our pick of the best restaurants in Lyon

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Running a business in France © Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia

Thinking of moving to France and starting a business? Here are 27 essential French words to help you set up and run a business in France

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Recipe: crêpe Suzette

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
A crêpe Suzette © Dreamstime

Learn how to make a liqueur-soaked pancake that is popular during Chandeleur and Lent

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French Valentine’s Day recipes

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Romantic Valentine's Day meal © kieferpix/Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you’re choosing to stay in rather than dine out this Valentine’s Day then impress your other half by creating a delicious, romantic French dinner with these easy recipes

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Laduree Royale restaurant in Paris

Planning to go out for dinner in France? Here is all the French vocabulary you’ll need to order fluently at a French restaurant

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Radio © Rafal Glebowski / Dreamstime

One of the best ways to pick up the French language is to listen to French radio, but if you are a complete beginner it can be difficult. So here are 23 words you will hear on the radio in France to get you started

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Recipe for confit de canard

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Confit de canard © Snap and Stir

This classic dish from south-west France was designed to sustain locals during the cold winters months but it is now a dish found on most menus in this corner of France. Find out how to make your own confit de canard with this easy recipe

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Edith Piaf

As what would have been Édith Piaf’s one hundredth birthday is celebrated find out how she rose from the depths of poverty to become one of France’s most famous singers

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