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11 French Eco Initiatives

Thursday, November 15, 2018

France has historically been on the leading edge of eco-friendly projects and regulations. While many argue that much more needs to be done to meet environmental goals in France and globally, here are 11 ways that French government, companies and people are striving to be green.

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What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out. Find out the fascinating stories behind the names of these places in France featuring dragons, gods and Sardinian kings.

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France has long been a muse for artists, but do the locations that inspired the likes of Monet and Van Gogh still look as picturesque today?

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Legends, myths and stories abound in French culture and not all of them are pleasant. In the run-up to Halloween, we take a look at some of the more frightening legendary beasts and monsters of French folklore.

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Agnès Poirier’s latest book explores the history of Paris 1940–1950 and the influential people that lived through the time. The French writer spoke about her book this year at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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As Hallowe’en approaches we take a look at the mysterious past of this isolated and eerie lighthouse, said to be home to the most terrifying inhabitant of all.

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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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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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