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Ten random ways France leads the world
Salmon stuffed croissants, one of the ways in which France leads the world? Photo: Alpa/flickr

Ten random ways France leads the world

We all know France tops the global rankings for tourism and wine production but the country is also a world leader in many other slightly more obscure ways that are nevertheless worth cheering for or blushing at. READ  

Ten things to do in France before Christmas
There's some great things to do in France before Christmas. Photo: AFP

Ten things to do in France before Christmas

With Christmas just round the corner, we've put together ten great festive and not-so-festive events happening around France in December to help you brave the cold and have a ball. READ  

Napoleon's locks to be put in Swiss watches
Detail of portrait of Napoleon by painter Jacques-Louis David (1812).

Napoleon's locks to be put in Swiss watches

Napoleon's admirers will be able to carry his DNA on their wrists after a Swiss company announced Tuesday its plans to sell watches containing a fragment of the emperor's hair. READ  

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Ten inventions you could curse the French for
Not every invention that has come out of France has been positive. Photo: Invention: Shutterstock

Ten inventions you could curse the French for

Some great inventions have come out of France over the years, not least the scented-flatulence pills, but there are also a fair few we think the world perhaps could have done without. Here's 10 creations you could curse the French for inventing. READ  

Pop-artist Koons opens Paris retrospective
US pop artist Jeff Koons gestures in front of his BMW Art Car decorated with exploding, multi-colored rays on June 2, 2010 during a press conference at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Photo: Fred Dufour

Pop-artist Koons opens Paris retrospective

The Pompidou Centre in Paris opened on Wednesday a major retrospective of the works of Jeff Koons, the controversial American master of kitsch and the world’s highest paid living artist. READ  

Wikipedia seeks help to explain French cheese
Know a thing or two about French cheese? Then read on. Photo: Shutterstock

Wikipedia seeks help to explain French cheese

Internet site Wikipedia has asked cheese-lovers to help it explain France’s dizzying array of fromages by sending in photos to help cheese-lovers distinguish their Cantals from their Roqueforts. READ  

Letter from Camus to Sartre found in France
French writer Albert Camus, whose letter to Jean-Paul Sartre has been discovered. Photo: AFP

Letter from Camus to Sartre found in France

A previously unknown letter between two of France's most famous writers, Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, has been discovered after having been kept in a frame above an autograph collector's fireplace since the 1970s. READ  

Rare Shakespeare work found in northern France
William Shakespeare's first folio, Comedies, Histoires et Tragedies, a copy of which was found in northern France. Photo: Caso

Rare Shakespeare work found in northern France

A library in northern France has unearthed a literary treasure that it has been sitting on unknowingly for two centuries - a rare copy of a collection of William Shakespeare’s plays titled "First Folio" - printed just seven years after his death. READ  

Paris: 'Human zoo' art show provokes anger
A picture taken on July 11, 2013, during the 67th International Theatre festival of Avignon, shows an actress performing in a play entitled "Exhibit B" by South African Brett Bailey. Photo: Franck Pe

Paris: 'Human zoo' art show provokes anger

Protesters and rights groups in Paris are calling for the banning of an art show featuring black actors in cages that mimic the "human zoos" of the 19th century. It has already been scrapped in London due to an outcry. READ  

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Ten ways 'Paris is not France' and vice versa
How different is Paris to the rest of France? Photo: Shutterstock

Ten ways 'Paris is not France' and vice versa

"Paris is not France and France is not Paris" so people keep saying. In her second installment looking at some of the myths and stereotypes around France, recent arrival Lindsey Johnstone looks at a few of the most common ways that observers mix up the capital with the country. READ  

Wine-lovers get taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau
It looks like someone might have had a little too much Beaujolais Nouveau. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Wine-lovers get taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

Thousands of wine lovers braved the cold to get the first sip of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau in its home town in France as part of a time-honoured tradition to celebrate the arrival of the young French wine. READ  

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World awaits the 'rude' 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president and sommelier Kensaku Ohara (R) pour the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine into a wine spa in Japan. Photo: AFP

World awaits the 'rude' 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

Wednesday marks one of the key dates in the French cultural calendar when France and the rest of the world welcomes the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau. But will the taste live up to the excitement? READ  

Take the Miss France general knowledge quiz
Miss France 2015 will have to prove she has the knowledge as well as the looks. Photo:AFP

Take the Miss France general knowledge quiz

This year Miss France contestants have had to prove they have the brains as well as the beauty, by taking an obligatory general knowledge test. Do you have what it takes to be Miss France? Test yourself here. READ  

French chefs rise up against kitchen violence
French chefs rise up against kitchen beatings. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French chefs rise up against kitchen violence

Beat eggs, not your apprentice! This is the message from a group of top French chefs who have called for fellow cooks to rise up against violence and hazing in their kitchens. READ  

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