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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 ...

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 ...


French press review 6 June 2014

The D-Day diplomatic ballet seems to have breathed a lease of life into the battered stature of President François Hollande, according to some French papers.

Kieffer commandos veteran remembers D-Day 70 years on
06/06/2014 - On-the-spot France

Kieffer commandos veteran remembers D-Day 70 years on

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied army invasion of Normandy in northern France that turned the tide in World War II.

Troops land at Arromanches in Normandy in June 1944
03/06/2014 - France

Unexploded World War II bombs still live in France as D-Day celebrations start

Three days ahead of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a French NGO has accused the French government of not properly informing the public about the dangers of unexploded ...

Who was in the running for mayor of Paris?
31/05/2014 - The Sound Kitchen

Who was in the running for mayor of Paris?

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the Paris mayoral race.

The American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
30/05/2014 - France - Europe - US

Hollande grants exclusive D-Day ceremony live broadcast rights to French TV

News agencies and private broadcasters claim that millions of TV viewers may not be able to watch live coverage of the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations because President François ...