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The 2015 Cannes Film Festival completes its selection
23/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes completes official line-up, with 19 films competing for the Golden Palm

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival completes its selection including an entry from Ethiopia.

The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer
21/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Director's Fortnight selection lines up social awareness and comedy

The 2015 Cannes Director's Fortnight film festival has announced its selection. It's full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity, according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

The Sacré Coeur in Paris is visited by more tourists than the Louvre
20/04/2015 - FRANCE

Paris to spend 80 million euros on restoring churches

Paris is to invest 80 million euros in restoring its churches and synagogues, a figure that religious heritage professionals say is nowhere near enough.

The Hermione's sails are unfurled during the week before setting off for the US
18/04/2015 - France - US

Replica of La Fayette's Hermione sets sail from France to US

French President François Hollande on Saturday saw off a replica of the ship that took the Marquis de La Fayette and his comrades to the aid of the American revolution 235 years ago.
One of the carriages on the impressionist train
18/04/2015 - FRANCE

Impressionist train to carry tourists to Monet's Normandy garden

Art lovers visiting France can now take "impressionist trains" to Claude Monet's former home in Normandy thanks to a service launched by the SNCF rail network this weekend.
Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (R) and its president Pierre Lescure (L) announce the competing films at the 68th Cannes Film Festival,  Paris, 16 April 2015.
16/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

This year's Cannes Film Festival competition films announced

Big stars like Cate Blanchett, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and Matthew McConaughey feature in the films among those competing next month in the 2015 edition of the Cannes Film ...
The Hermione docked in La Rochelle
14/04/2015 - Report: France

Old meets new as Hermione prepares maiden sea voyage

The voyage will be televised. And tweeted. And posted on Facebook… Unlike the original Hermione, which set sail to the United States from France in 1780, the reconstructed Hermione will be well documented.

Drawings showing lions in the replica of the Chauvet Caves, Vallon Pont-d'Arc in the Ardeche region, 8 April 2015.
10/04/2015 - FRANCE

Giant replica of prehistoric cave ready to open in south-east France

After two and a half years' work, involving 35 companies, hundreds of workers and a budget of 55 million euros, a replica of the famous prehistoric site, the Chauvet Caves, was inaugurated by French ...
Wealthy Chinese are taking an interest in prestigious Bordeaux wines
04/04/2015 - FRANCE

Bordeaux helicopter death of Chinese billionaire ruled pilot error

Pilot error was to blame for the death of a Chinese billionaire in a helicopter crash on the Bordeaux wine estate he had just bought last December, an official investigtion has established.
Radio France boss Mathieu Gallet
31/03/2015 - Médias/FRANCE

French public radio off air over big-spending boss's cuts plans

A strike on France's public radio entered its 14th day on Tuesday as journalists and technical staff opposed budget cuts they feared will mean job cuts and the outsourcing of the orchestra and choir.
La Promenade by Pierre Bonnard.
30/03/2015 - France

Bonnard paintings fetch almost a million euros each at French auction

A collection of about 100 paintings, sketches and memorabilia from French painter Pierre Bonnard fetched 5.5 million euros at an auction in Fontainebleau near Paris on Sunday.
Dark chocolate - vital for pastry modelling, claims baker Yannick Tavolaro
27/03/2015 - FRANCE

'Racist' cakes banned from French shop window

A court in southern France has banned the display of cupcakes sporting naked figures of a man and a woman in dark chocolate on the grounds that they are racist.
Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle at the courthouse in Grasse on February 10, 2015
20/03/2015 - France

Picasso’s former electrician handed suspended sentence

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle, who hid 271 Picasso works in their garage for close to 40 years, were given a two-year suspended sentence by a French court on Friday.

19/03/2015 - France - World

1300 chefs join worldwide French gastronomic extravaganza

1,300 chefs around the world joined a round the globe cook-in on Thursday aimed at promoting French cuisine.

Guide Michelin 2015
17/03/2015 - France

Fire guts top chef Marc Veyrat's restaurant

A fire caused considerable damage on Tuesday at the Alpine restaurant of multiple Michelin-starred French chef Marc Veyrat, said by some to be the world’s finest.
 

Models during the Paris Fashion Week, 11 March 2015.
17/03/2015 - France

French lawmakers debate ban on ultra-thin models

French lawmakers are to debate on Tuesday a ban on ultra-thin catwalk models.
A Shia-Muslim fighter in the town of Hamrin in Iraq's Salahuddin province
06/03/2015 - Unesco - Iraq

Unesco condemns Nimrud destruction

The Islamic State (IS) armed group’s destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud is a war crime, the head of the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco, said at its Paris headquarters on ...
Facebook is to face a French court, despite the small print
06/03/2015 - France - United States

French court rules it can judge Facebook in vagina painting case

A French court on Thursday ruled that it can judge a case against US social-networking site Facebook over its blocking of the account of a teacher who posted a painting of a vagina by Gustave ...
The head of the river god Acheolos on the wine kettle discovered at Landau, east France
05/03/2015 - France

Fifth-century tomb containing Greek, Etruscan relics found in eastern France

French archaeologists have unearthed an iron-age tomb dating back to the fifth century BC containing Greek and Etruscan objects showing that the local Celtic prince traded with the cities of the ...
A Kindle, you'll have to pay 20 per cent VAt to read books on it now
05/03/2015 - France - Luxembourg - European Union

France ordered to raise VAT on e-books

France has been ordered to raise sales tax on e-books from 5.5 per cent to 20 per cent.
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The zoo at Jardins des Plantes houses around 900 animals from over 200 different species, including birds...
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