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France’s national lottery has a long history.
What happened in March 10, 50, and 100 years ago? Académie place for Veil, turbo boost for trains, German rehab plan agreed
Did you know? The only chapel dedicated to rugby in the world is at Larrivière-Saint-Savin in the Landes.
What happened in Febuary 10, 50, and 100 years ago? Biggest donation, a yellow leader and a world record
Similarities between mill and roulette wheels allowed a working-class Yorkshireman to break the bank – legally – at Monte Carlo almost 140 years ago.
What happened in January 10, 50, and 100 years ago? Burqa ban, SMIC and the president that fell out of a train
Did you know? New York was originally called Angoulême
What happened in December 10, 50, and 100 years ago? Uneven battle of sexes, death penalty ends and beauty remains
What happened in November 10, 50, and 100 years ago? Electric cars, kick-off for women, brass-necked gold haul
Did you know? Roll up, roll up, we are about to tell you!
Although there are many theories as to why placing bread upside-down in France is said to bring bad luck, the most widely known explanation dates back to medieval times.
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It is one of the most tantalising wonders of French history: the possibility that, if events had taken a different turn, Australia could have become a French colony. Michael Delahaye plays a historical game of 'What If..?'
Tracks of a wartime freedom march across the Pyrenees have been retraced by a pair of Tasmanian friends of the man who made the amazing walk 75 years ago.
A monument outside Anduze in the Languedoc commemorates an incredible story of wartime bravery. Readers Liz Cowley and Donough O’Brien tell the story of how a group of 40 French Resistance fighters and Spanish guerrillas forced a 1,000-strong column of German soldiers to surrender
Englishwoman Linda Jackson is helping Citroën celebrate its centenary from a position of power. The Connexion talks cars with the former accounts department worker
A look at the forecourt of any car showroom in France is enough. Second-hand prices are exceptionally high – but why?
This is false. In fact, the French work more than employees in the UK
French films do not often make it to the Oscars, facing stiff opposition from the Anglophone world of cinema, but in, 2012 Best Picture, director and actor was awarded to The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin.