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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
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Englishwoman Linda Jackson is helping Citroën celebrate its centenary from a position of power. The Connexion talks cars with the former accounts department worker
This is false. In fact, the French work more than employees in the UK
A look at the forecourt of any car showroom in France is enough. Second-hand prices are exceptionally high – but why?
This is false! Quite a few musicians make their name internationally
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.
Few sounds conjure up France like the accordion, one of whose great stars, Marcel Azzola recently died aged 91. Oliver Rowland finds out more from expert craftsman Laurent Jarry
Did you know? Pigüé is a town in Argentina, south-west of Buenos Aires which would never have existed had it not been for a group of 180 people from the Aveyron who decided to set up home there in 1884.
A weighty issue
The names of Peugeot cars are distinctive by the 0 in the middle of the name of nearly every car they produce; so we have the Peugeot 104, the Peugeot 202, the Peugeot 305, the Peugeot 908...
New products, designs and ideas from around France
Forget The X Factor... In Paris, musicians have to pass an audition to busk in the métro and it can help them find that big break, reports Jane Hanks
The names of most newspapers relate to a geographical region, a time of day or have some relevance to giving out the news of the moment. An exception is France’s oldest national daily and one of the top selling papers, Le Figaro, which takes its name from literature.
The blue and white striped top is the emblematic French article of clothing along with black berets.
The beginning of the school year logically follows the longest break from the classroom.