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Hermione first sailed 235 years ago with the flag of the monarchy. The famous tricoloured flag, symbol of the Republic, came later
07/06/2015 - FRANCE - US

French replica ship Hermione arrives to fanfare in Yorktown, USA

A replica of the French ship Hermione that brought General Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette to American shores to support US rebels during the War of Independence has arrived in the small port of ...
Anish Kapoor's Dirty Corner in the gardens of the Versailles Château
06/06/2015 - FRANCE - Britain

'Queen's vagina' sculpture at Versailles angers French hard right

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has angered French right-wingers by placing a sculpture he has described as "the queen's vagina" in the gardens of the historic Versailles château.
François Hollande in front of portraits of Germaine Tillon, Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, Pierre Brossolette  Jean Zay at the Panthéon, 27 May 2015
28/05/2015 - FRANCE

Hollande warns against hatred at tribute to WWII resistance fighters

President François Hollande called on the French people to stand up to fanatacism, racism and anti-Semitism at a ceremony to honour four World War II resistance fighters at the Panthéon ...
The coffins were put on show in front of the Sorbonne university earlier in the week before being taken to the Panthéon
27/05/2015 - FRANCE

Hollande hails female French resistance fighters at Panthéon ceremony

French President François Hollande is to give "one of the most important speeches of his presidency" on Wednesday when the coffins of four members of the World War II French resistance are placed in the Panthéon in Paris.

Roman columns in Palmira, Syria.
21/05/2015 - Syria

Islamic State armed group captures historic Syrian city of Palmyra

The Islamic State armed group has seized control of the 2,000-year-old desert city of Palmyra, exposing its remarkable and well-preserved antiquities to possible imminent destruction and ...
The mummy of Ta-Iset found in Rueil-Malmaison in 2001
18/05/2015 - EGYPT - FRANCE

Egyptian mummy found in trash to go on show in Paris suburb museum

A museum in a Paris suburb is to exhibit the mummy of a five-year-old ancient Egyptian girl that was found by refuse collectors after a local resident threw out with the garbage.
Haitian President Michel Martelly was to meet French President François Hollande in Port-au-Prince on 12 May 2015.
12/05/2015 - FRANCE - HAITI

Hollande in Haiti to trumpet trade and reconstruction as colonial past lingers

French President François Hollande arrived in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday to seal trade deals with the government of his Haitian counterpart Michel Martelly as well as reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake.

Migrants help another migrant walk to a bus bound for an immigration centre in the coastal city of Misrata, Libya, May 9, 2015.

Hollande's rant against migrant trafficking not enough to mark end of slavery, say activists

France’s President François Hollande hit out on Sunday against Europe's migrant crisis, comparing people smugglers in the Mediterranean to "slave drivers".
The Mémorial ACTe at Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

Hollande inaugurates world's largest slavery memorial in French West Indies

France's President François Hollande inaugurated the largest slavery memorial in the world on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Sunday.
A cargo cult experience adds spiritual dimension to Vanuatu visit
10/05/2015 - The Sound Kitchen

A cargo cult experience adds spiritual dimension to Vanuatu visit

In this week's Sound Kitchen, RFI Traveller Laura Angela Bagnetto shares her encounters in the Pacific and, of course, you can hear news the quiz answer and winners.