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Babolat was a pioneer in racket technology
Did you know: Plenty of everyday French words have Arabic origins, including that most typically ‘French’ of drinks, coffee
A look at the cultural history of a French region bordering on Switzerland and Germany
Eugène Hénard's work has a lasting impact
Spiritual refuge named after the pruniers growing on the land
Origins of the hearty peasant dish
The notorious Bonnot gang robbed a bank and fled from les flics
A ban on British scholars going to study in Paris helped shape the history of Oxford University.
As France celebrates the Fête Nationale, here are a few things you may not have known about July 14 in France.
The Marcel is an iconic piece of French clothing with a name which is far more evocative than the English term, string vest or singlet.
How Youtube is changing the way people read books
One of Napoleon’s last surviving uniforms, and one he wore in exile on the Atlantic island of St Helena, has been restored but is still so fragile it can only be shown for a few days before being stored in the dark.
Data from the European Trade Union Confederation shows the UK has more trade union members than France
Dedicated trichotillomaniac Jane Hanks tries the latest online fad
In France these are not as popular and if sent at all tend to be in the form of New Year’s wishes and arrive throughout January (right up until the end of the month).
At midday on the first Wednesday of every month you will hear a sound to send shivers down your spine.
From Pink Crocodile Street to Dancing Bush Road, residents in two French communes may raise a few eyebrows when they submit their tax declaration forms
Gustave Trouvé also invented a forerunner to the LED light, the endoscope, wearable technology, the modern dental drill, electric razor and light therapy for skin complaints ... and improved the telephone
Why the maire of Châteauneuf-du-Pape has no plans to end the 62-year ban on UFOs in the commune.
Magenta was invented by a French chemist and named after a clash during the Italian War of Independence
The origins of the famous German car brand lie in Nice... and the daughter of an Austrian businessman.
For nearly 50 years, vehicles in France were obliged by law to have yellow headlights - but no one appears to know why