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Discovering the belfries of northern France

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 16:24
France's northern Hauts-de-France region has an astonishing concentration of belfries, many of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These stone towers were built in the Middle Ages to mark the civic independence of towns from local lords. Like churches, they punctuate the daily lives of residents and tell the story of the region. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover the history of these impressive monuments.

Thousands protest against new French bioethics bill ahead of Senate review

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 08:44
Thousands of people opposed to France’s plans to reform the law on assisted reproductive technology took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, two days before a major bioethics bill is put before the Senate.

Tear gas, dozens of arrests in fresh anti-Macron protest in Paris

Sun, 19/01/2020 - 06:49
French police fired tear gas under a rain of projectiles and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of "yellow vest" anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris. 

Paris Opera musicians serenade public in pension reform protest

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:17
Striking musicians and singers of the Paris Opera staged an open-air concert on Saturday in front of the city's historic opera house in protest against a pension reform that seeks to end their special retirement scheme.

Paris's Louvre reopens after museum blocked by strikers

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 11:43
The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, reopened on Saturday after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system.

Paris protesters try to enter theatre attended by Macron

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 08:50
Dozens of protesters tried to enter a Paris theatre on Friday where French President Emmanuel Macron was spending the evening with his wife Brigitte.

French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier announces retirement

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 07:34
French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier said Friday that his next Paris haute couture fashion show will be his last. 

Notre-Dame-des-Landes: French environmental activists still dreaming of freedom

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 20:42
In January 2018, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the government was scrapping plans to build an airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, a small village in western France. It was a huge victory for environmentalists and farmers, who had long opposed the plan. Two years on, what has become of those activists who chose to stay? FRANCE 24's Jonathan Walsh and Karim Yahiaoui report.

Recipe for success: France's pastry culture

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 17:43
This week, we’re in the gourmet aisles of one of Paris’s best loved department stores to talk about the French art of pastry making! While the country faces some stiff competition in the wider culinary world, pastry remains a French preserve, and with good reason. With a combination of technical skill and creativity, the latest generations of young French pastry chefs have elevated dessert-making to a veritable art form. Add to that a pinch of TV bake-off shows and a sprinkling of social networking and what you're serving up is a French addiction. We take a closer look.

Strike over France's pension reform forces shut Louvre museum

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 15:18
The Louvre museum in Paris was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government’s plans to overhaul the pension system.

Dancing, singing and disrobing: France's unusual pension reform protests

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 13:01
From dancing ballerinas to disrobing lawyers, French workers protesting the current pension reforms and other grievances have been finding innovative and eye-catching ways to show their discontent.

France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support operations in Middle East

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 10:35
France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in the Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

Legendary chef Paul Bocuse's restaurant loses its third Michelin star

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 09:54
The restaurant of famed French chef Paul Bocuse, who died almost two years ago, has lost the coveted Michelin three-star rating it had held since 1965, the guide said on Friday.

Trust in media at all-time low in France

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 09:37
A study for French daily La Croix shows the public's interest in news has dropped by 8 percent in the past year, to under 60 percent. On top of this, there is a growing impression that journalists are "not independent". We also look at the story of a French street cleaner who was sacked after a photo of him went viral where he is seen supposedly sleeping on the job.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen announces 2022 presidential bid

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 07:33
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen isn’t wasting time. She announced her intention to stand in France’s 2022 presidential elections.

French filmmaker Ruggia charged in underage sex assault case on actress Haenel

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 16:58
French director Christophe Ruggia was charged on Thursday and placed under judicial supervision after 48 hours in police custody, the Paris public prosecutor's office said, over accusations of sexual assault on French actress Adèle Haenel when she was a minor.

French unions stage marches and block ports as impact of transport strikes weakens

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 14:51
Thousands of striking workers poured into streets across France on Thursday for a sixth day of mass demonstrations, as French trade unions also blocked ports and disrupted power production, searching for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned pension overhaul as the impact of transport strikes weakens.

French senior citizens at work: A choice for some, a necessity for others

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 14:39
French workers' and employers' unions have until April to find a way to balance out the country's pension schemes. If they fail, the government will reintroduce the controversial "pivot age" in its reform plan, which would force all French citizens to work until the age of 64 to be eligible for a full pension.

France's central bank says historic pension reform strike has stunted growth

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 09:32
France’s longest continuous transport strike has shaved up to 0.1 percentage points off fourth-quarter growth in 2019, the central bank said Wednesday as the showdown over pension reforms entered its 42nd day.

'They could have helped me,' Paedophile French priest says of Church during trial

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 17:36
Former Catholic priest Bernard Preynat, on trial for sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 1980s, said on Wednesday that he warned the Catholic Church about his sexual impulses but they failed to take appropriate measures.

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