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Chilean school navy ship, Esmeralda
20/08/2015 - SAILING

Rights row over Chilean torture boat at Amsterdam nautical festival

Human rights campaign were up in arms this week over the presence of the Chilean ship Esmeralda at festival for historic boats in the Dutch town of Amsterdam because political opponents of General ...
The face of a young woman was one of the ancient images found at Arles in the south of France
10/07/2015 - France

Rare ancient Roman frescos found in south of France

Extremely rare ancient Roman frescos, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, have been uncovered in the historic southern French city of Arles.
Lars Eidinger in the title role of Thomas Ostermeier's Richard III by William Shakespeare
07/07/2015 - Report: AVIGNON FESTIVAL 2015

Thomas Ostermeier makes Richard III popular in Avignon

The second of three Shakespeare plays has opened at the 69th Avignon Festival.
French President François Hollande
05/07/2015 - France - Cameroon

Hollande acknowledges colonial-era Cameroon massacres but critics want apology

French President François Hollande has broken a longstanding taboo on his country’s controversial role in the genocide of Cameroon’s Bamileke people.
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.