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Ten must-see sites for France’s 'Heritage days'
Here's 10 things not to miss for this weekend's 'Journées du Patrimoine'. Photo: AFP

Ten must-see sites for France’s 'Heritage days'

Once a year France opens the doors on tonnes of fascinating, bizarre and important places that are generally closed to the public. Here are 10 things not to miss this weekend for ‘Heritage days’. READ  

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of booze a day’
Gerard Depardieu says he drinks 14 bottles of booze per day. Photo: John Macdougall/AFP

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of booze a day’

Provocative French actor Gérard Dépardieu has revealed the extent of his love for the hard stuff, claiming to drink up to 14 bottles of wine, whisky and Champagne a day. Apparently just making vodka wasn't enough for the "Welcome to New York" star. READ  

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu
A group of French chefs would like to put this bird back on the menu. Photo: Sergey Pisarevskiy/Flickr

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu

Top French chefs, including Alain Ducasse, want to be able to serve a long-banned delicacy -- a tiny songbird that was a favourite of the late president François Mitterrand and is traditionally eaten whole while wearing a napkin over your head READ  

Designer Gaultier 'retires' from clothes business
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Designer Gaultier 'retires' from clothes business

After four decades of shocking and wowing the fashion world, French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier has announded he's going to stop creating ready-to-wear clothes and will focus on artsier haute couture creations. READ  

'Whiplash' wins top prize at Deauville film fest

'Whiplash' wins top prize at Deauville film fest

France's Deauville Film Festival on Saturday awarded its grand prize to director Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" which had also taken top honours at the Sundance festival earlier this year. READ  

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls
Francois Hollande gives a speech flanked by his then companion Valérie Trierweiler at the Elysee palace in Paris, November 2013. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls

Valérie Trierweiler’s tell-all memoir has flown off the shelves in France, but most people think François Hollande’s ex-partner should never have written it, two new polls reveal. READ  

10 art exhibitions not to miss this autumn in Paris
Here are 10 art exhibitions in Paris this autumn you should bot miss. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty/AFP

10 art exhibitions not to miss this autumn in Paris

Paris has a rather incredible selection of art exhibitions coming up this autumn that you really shouldn't miss. Here are 10 temporary art shows you need to see before they are gone. READ  

Language learning
'The French shouldn't be embarrassed by accents'
French should stop being embarrassed by their English accent. Photo: Shutterstock

'The French shouldn't be embarrassed by accents'

Ever thought the French are needlessly embarrassed by their accent when speaking English? French student Lea Surugue looks at why the accent has become such an obsession for her fellow learners of English and why it's time they stopped worrying. READ  

Godfather of French gastronomy bans meat
Alain Ducasse, France's godfather of gastronomy has gone against the grain by banning meat from his menu. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Godfather of French gastronomy bans meat

The man seen as the godfather of French gastronomy, Alain Ducasse, as done something very un-Gallic and banned meat from the menu of his famous restaurant in Paris. The move, he said, was to find more "naturalness". READ  

Most French admit they 'don't know about wine'
Most French people know nothing about wine, a new survey has revealed. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Most French admit they 'don't know about wine'

It may be the country’s most famous product but more than two thirds of French people admit they know nothing about wine, according to a new poll. READ  

Pitt and Jolie tie the knot secretly in France
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France in a low-key ceremony. Photo: AFP

Pitt and Jolie tie the knot secretly in France

Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in secret in France at the weekend in a low key ceremony at their château. It was in stark contrast to Kanye West's and Kim Kardashian's pre-nuptial celebrations in Paris earlier this year. READ  

VIDEO: New horror movie set in Paris catacombs
A new horror flick takes place in Paris's catacombs. Photo: Screengrab/Youtube

VIDEO: New horror movie set in Paris catacombs

The Paris catacombs, known to its fans as the "kingdom of the dead", has provided the setting for a brand new horror flick that hit cinemas in France this week. Check out the trailer, though it may make you hesitate about heading below ground ever again. READ  

The view from La Rue
Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade
A campaign to persuade tourists to take selfies rather lock padlocks to bridges is falling on deaf ears it seems. Photo: AFP

Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade

After Paris launched a campaign to persuade tourists to throw away their love locks and pose for selfies instead, The Local popped down to the famous Pont des Arts to find loved-up visitors defiantly refusing to put down their pad locks. READ  

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know
Ten facts you didn't know about the liberation of Paris, including how many female collaborators were "purified". Photo: Critical past/YouTube

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know

From the "purifying" of thousands of women, to pool room surrenders, here are ten facts about a momentous moment in French history that you might not have known about. READ  

WW2 - 70th anniversary
IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis
French police and a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) keep a watch over the Seine in August 1944. Photo: AFP

IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis

As Paris commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis, we've put together a selection of images from the start of the uprising to the celebrations on August 25th. READ  

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