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Waves crash against a lighthouse as the wind blows at around 100 km in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France on 7 February, 2016.
09/02/2016 - France

Coastal France battered by storms - slideshow

Storm have hit Brittany, the Atlantic coast and the north of France and continue today, Tuesday..
08/02/2016 - France

'Paris Face Cachée' festival kicks off

Around 100 venues in Paris, many of them closed to the public, opened their doors this weekend for the fifth year of the popular festival, Paris Face Cachée.


Choreographer Benjamin Millepied with wife Natalie Portman, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival,
05/02/2016 - Culture/FRANCE

Star choreographer Millepied quits Paris Opera Ballet

Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied on Thursday announced he was quitting the Paris Opera Ballet, which he had been directing for more than a year.
The famed Louvre museum in Paris, undated
05/02/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

Louvre inks historic deal with Iran on archaeology, exhibits

The Louvre has signed an historical agreement with Iran that clears the way for renewed cultural and scientific cooperation with France.
French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem with a pupil of a school in Blois.
04/02/2016 - FRANCE - Switzerland - BELGIum - Canada

French education minister calms nation after spelling reform outcry

France's Education Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, was obliged to calm the nation's nerves today as reports of a reform of French spelling sent panic across social media and aroused protests from ...
Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist
03/02/2016 - FRANCE - DANEMARK

France blocks Lars von Trier's Antichrist for sex, violence

Lars von Trier's film Antichrist has been banned from screens in France, seven years after its release, because it contains "extreme violence" and "unsimulated sex".
Benoît Violier in 2012 in front of his restaurant near Lausanne
01/02/2016 - FRANCE

Michelin guide loves Paris but Franco-Swiss chef's suicide leaves bitter taste

France's Michelin restaurant guide gave top chef Alain Ducasse a third star for one restaurant and stripped him of one for another, while adding 10 new two-star restaurants. But the ceremony took place under the cloud of Sunday's apparent suicide of Franco-Swiss chef Benoît Violier

Jacques Rivette.
29/01/2016 - France

French cinema icon Rivette dies

Jacques Rivette, one of the leading directors of French New Wave cinema, died Friday, his biographer Helene Frappat said. He was 87.

Jean-Marie Le Pen
23/01/2016 - FRANCE

Selfie with Le Pen lands Madonna ex-boyfriend in French court

The founder of France's Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is suing a dancer for publishing a selfie with the far-right veteran asleep in the seat in front of him on an airplane.
French President François Hollande at the official opening of the Unterlinden museum in Colmar, eastern France
23/01/2016 - FRANCE - Switzerland

Hollande recruits culture to anti-terrorism fight at opening of revamped Alsace museum

French President François Hollande declared culture a weapon in the fight against terrorism on Saturday when opening a revamped museum with a collection of Renaissance masterpieces in Alsace.

20/01/2016 - Africa: Stories in the 54

Abuja-based publishing house Cassava Republic opens UK office, interview

Cassava Republic Press, one of the continent’s prominent publishing houses, speaks to RFI about new books slated to come out this year, as well as their new UK launch.
20/01/2016 - Africa: Stories in the 54

African novelists aren't travel guides

For our inaugural episode of Africa: Stories in the 54, we spoke to award-winning Ghanaian author Nii Parkes, who speaks about his love of language, his frustration when African authors are ...
Michel Tournier at his home of Choisel,  04 Avril 2005
19/01/2016 - FRANCE

French literary figure Michel Tournier dies aged 91

The French author Michel Tournier described as one of France’s most influential writers of the 20th century died today, aged 91, at his home in the village of Choisel near Paris surrounded by ...
Firefighters fighting a fire on the roof of the luxury Ritz Paris hotel, 19 January 2016
19/01/2016 - FRANCE

Fire breaks out at Paris' Ritz hotel

Around 60 firefighters were fighting a fire in the roof of the famed Ritz hotel in Paris on Tuesday morning.
David Bowie, 1947 - 2016
11/01/2016 - Life and Arts

69 and forever young, Blackstarman David Bowie quits planet earth

David Bowie, the pop music icon whose music creations spanned three generations, has died.

Trough the telescope, the palais de Chaillot wakes up in the early morning.
11/01/2016 - France

Paris seen from the Eiffel Tower - Slideshow

Each year more than 7 million visitors, among them 84 per cent foreigners, come to see the City of Light from one of its three platforms. 

The crew of Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), four-time award winner at Les Arcs Film Festival, December 2015
09/01/2016 - CINEMA

High expectations for French release of Les Arcs award-winner Bang Gang

Le Bang Gang (une histoire d'amour moderne) was among a selection of 2015’s films from across Europe which landed up a mountain at Les Arcs Film Festival in December.
French cartoonist Riad Sattouf, who was among the nominees this year, announced his withdrawal from the prize after the shortlist was revealed to include no women
08/01/2016 - FRANCE

Angoulême festival throws out shortlist after backlash

France’s Angoulême international comics festival has scrapped its shortlist of 30 nominees amid criticism that it contained not a single female artist.

Guy Wildenstein in 2006
06/01/2016 - FRANCE

French Wildenstein art dynasty tax fraud trial suspended

The trial of the head of a wealthy art-dealing dynasty was suspended by a Paris court on Wednesday on a technicality that will take the case to France's highest appeals court.
Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Phylarmonic in 2010
06/01/2016 - FRANCE - Music

French conductor, composer Pierre Boulez dies, aged 90

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died at the age of 90.
Audio slideshow: Alvin Ailey's legacy lives on
Interactive map of France
Slideshow: Beauty in a wartorn land
On a hill in Kabul a whole street is dedicated to potters' workshops
Slideshow: Animals in Paris's Jardin des plantes
The zoo at Jardins des Plantes houses around 900 animals from over 200 different species, including birds...