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The history of French perfume

Friday, November 13, 2020

Thinking of buying French perfume for a Christmas present? Discover how nobility in France started the trend for French fragrances

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These intrinsic aspects of French culture are all considered important enough to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage list

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Do you know which French chef was born near Besançon in the east of France, or which singer was born in the city of Nantes? Take our quiz to find out in which wonderful corners of France some well-known public figures first came into the world

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Culture and attractions

Discover the bohemian life of BB, from her sheltered life as a budding ballerina to international sex symbol and ardent supporter of animal rights

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With superstitions involving baguettes, pancakes, knives and cats, the French have plenty of bizarre superstitions to make you laugh! These are 18 of our favourites

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French culture

How has life in France changed over the years? From the Tour de France 1951 to twenties seaside fun, take a look at these vintage videos

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A delightful new book features wild female adventurers from around the world, including plenty from France

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Surviving changes in musical tastes, this instrument remains a potent symbol of French popular culture, says Heidi Fuller-love

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2019 sees the Loire Valley celebrating 500 years since the birth of the Renaissance. Rosalind Ormiston visits some of the châteaux that have stood testament for half a millennium

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The Breton traders and their pink Roscoff alliums were once a familiar sight on Britain’s streets, says Heidi Fuller-love

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See a picture of life in prehistoric France through its fascinating cave paintings

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