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Reconstitution of a Gallic village at  Pleumeur-Bodou, Brittany.
19/09/2014 - France - United Kingdom

French archaeologists find 2,000-year-old boomerang used by Gauls

The Gauls used boomerangs 2,000 years ago, according to archaeologists who have found a wooden curved stick on a beach in the northern French town of Cotentin.

A reenactment of First Battle of the Marne at Chauconin-Neufmontiers on 6  September
12/09/2014 - France - Europe

French PM Valls commemorates Battle of the Marne in ongoing world war ceremonies

French Prime minister Manuel Valls called for national unity at a ceremony to commemorate the Battle of the Marne, which saw French and British troops face German soldiers at the start of World War I ...
Cinema Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation opens in Paris
31/08/2014 - Culture in France

Cinema Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation opens in Paris

Paris is about to become home to a new research centre on cinema history, and a place where silent films top the bill.
Portrait of Jean Jaurès by Nadar, 1898
31/07/2014 - France

French politicians dispute Socialist Jaurès’s legacy 100 years after assassination

France pays tribute to Socialist martyr Jean Jaurès on Thursday on the 100th anniversary of his murder by a right-wing nationalist on the eve of World War I.

The fossilised skeleton of a sauropoda in the US's Carnegie Museum
29/07/2014 - France

French scientists find giant dinosaur's toe

French scientists have found a 34-centimetre toe bone belonging to a dinosaur that could have been more than 40 metres long.
War reenactors mark WWI centenary
03/07/2014 - On-the-spot France

War reenactors mark WWI centenary

This week marks the centenary anniversary of the start of the First World War. The last French soldier to have fought in the war died in 2008.
A painting of horses from the Grotte Chauvet
22/06/2014 - France - Unesco

French cave with world’s oldest paintings placed on Unesco World Heritage list

A French cave containing the oldest known paintings in the world has been declared a World Heritage Site but the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco.
Information manipulation during the Normandy landings
08/06/2014 - International media

Information manipulation during the Normandy landings

French historian François Kersaudy discusses the role of information and disinformation during World War Two.


French press review 7 June 2014

The 70th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy on Friday is everyone’s top story as all the papers reflect on what will be remembered as the most gruelling and emotional day for veterans, ...
Britain's Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath at the British War cemetery in Bayeux
06/06/2014 - France - Europe - US

Hollande pays tribute to civilian victims, Obama hails Patton’s army at marathon D-Day ceremonies

French President François Hollande for the first time paid tribute to the 20,000 civilians who died after the World War II Normandy landings at 70th anniversary ceremonies in France on Friday.