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20 English words that 'should be banished' from French
Photos: AFP

This list will either make you think the French have gone nuts or they are brilliantly, beautifully, stubborn in the defense of their language.

Fête de la Musique
Six things to know about France's biggest music party
Street performers get down to the beat in 2015's festival. All photos: AFP

Tuesday marks the annual "Fête de la Musique" party in France. Here's what you need to know.

French festival pays price as security burden increases
The fete de la musique in Marseille has been postponed this year. Photo: AFP

Events at the Festival of Music are postponed or cancelled as security measures tighten further during Euro 2016.

Paris rolls out brigade to force Parisians to clean up act
Photo: AFP

The €68 fine for tossing cigarettes was just the beginning...

French soap-makers in a lather over recipe
A dispute over how “true Marseille soap” should be made has the producers themselves at each others' throats. Photo: AFP

So, what is a "true Marseille soap"?

Euro 2016
A French guide for how fans should behave at Euro 2016
Photos: shiratski and Gareth Williams/Flickr

Coming to France for the football? Here's a Gallic etiquette guide for how to behave in France.

In Images: Paris hosts world's poshest flash mob picnic
Photo: AFP

Thousands enjoy al fresco dining at Place Vendome.

France winning war of the rosé to prove 'pink is plonk'
Photo: AFP

French winemakers are winning a battle to prove that rosé wine really is worthy of its place at a French dining table.

What's on in France: Ten great things to do in June
Photo: AFP

From music to car racing to food glorious food there is plenty to keep everyone entertained in France in June.

Want a '30-hour work week'? Move to Paris (or Lyon)
Lunchtime in Paris? Photo: reynermedia/Flickr

Workers in Paris and Lyon put in the fewest hours out of 71 major cities around the world. Lazy or supremely efficient.

The nations the French love to make fun of the most
Photo: Romain Seignovert

The British are not the French's top target, believe it or not.

What's the story behind French Neighbours' Day?
Families get together in the northern suburbs of Paris on Neighbour's Day. Photo: AFP

Paris: Street artist makes the Louvre pyramid disappear
Photo: JRart/Twitter

Now you see it, now you don't.

Guest blog
Five reasons Lille should actually be part of Belgium
Photo: Hailemichael FISEHA/Flickr

It's technically in France, but does it really belong there?

Say 'au revoir' to the Paris Metro ticket
Photo: clogsilk/Flickr

It will soon be the end of a very long era.

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