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France's prehistoric Chauvet cave opens
The replica of the Chauvet cave at Pont d'Arc is to open its doors. Photo: AFP

France's prehistoric Chauvet cave opens

A stunning replica of the 36,000 year-old Grotte Chauvet, home to the oldest figurative cave drawings in the world and an Unesco Heritage site, opened to the public at the weekend. Here's a look inside the country's latest tourist attraction. READ  

French 'Ratatouille' chef named world's best
French chef Helene Darroze in 2008. Photo: Shaun Curry/AFP

French 'Ratatouille' chef named world's best

A French chef who inspired a tough kitchen character in the hit animated film "Ratatouille" was named the world's best female chef on Wednesday. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
Miller and Marceau make Cannes Festival jury
Sienna Miller will be on the Cannes jury. Photo: AFP

Miller and Marceau make Cannes Festival jury

Filmstars Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro are among the members of this year's Cannes film festival jury, organisers announced Tuesday. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The story of Paris's most popular picnics
Paris Picnic has been delivering for two years. Photo: Private

The story of Paris's most popular picnics

In the latest installment of our "Les Entrepreneurs" series, we talk to the Russian/American founder of Paris Picnic, Katya Kroupnik, about how she went from making three picnics a week to 30 a day in the space of a year. READ  

IN PICTURES
Paris fashion show takes on ultra-thin French ideal
A plus-sized model at the Pulp Fashion Week in Paris. Photo: AFP

Paris fashion show takes on ultra-thin French ideal

France's waif obsession means its fashion sector snubs many women with bigger body types, but there is no need for a ban on ultra-thin models, said the patron of a plus-size Paris catwalk show that took place over the weekend. READ  

My French habits that foreigners just don't get
Where's the handle? The French love to drink out of a bowl. Photo: Su-May/Flickr

My French habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the French have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, UK-based French journalist Chloé Farand lists a number of her typical Gallic traits or customs that leave her Anglo friends bemused or, if bread, jam and coffee are involved, even disgusted. READ  

Which stars will be at Cannes Film Festival?
Matthew McConaughey. Photo: AFP

Which stars will be at Cannes Film Festival?

With the Cannes Film Festival set to open in just over a month's time, speculation is swirling over which films - and which top actors - could be getting their moment under the French Riviera's sun. READ  

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers
Blind cinema goers had mixed reviews about the experience. Photo: Shutterstock

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers

In most movie theatres the lights go dark and the feature begins, but for an audience attending a Paris film festival underway this month, the whole world is dark and stays that way. READ  

French diners go crazy for Burger King
Parisians queue as Burger King opens its doors for the first time at Gare Saint-Lazare. Photo: AFP

French diners go crazy for Burger King

Burger King continues to devour the French fast-food market, announcing on Friday a profit of €100 million in 2014 as more and more French diners turn to burgers as a preferred meal. READ  

Marion Cotillard to take Joan of Arc to New York
French actress Marion Cotillard performs in Joan of Arc. Photo: AFP

Marion Cotillard to take Joan of Arc to New York

French actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio, the orchestra announced on Thursday. READ  

Book-making machines star at French fair
A book printer is on display at the "Salon du Livre" International Book Fair. Photo: AFP

Book-making machines star at French fair

Choose a PDF file on the screen and five minutes later a book, printed and bound with a proper cover, spits out. Science fiction? Not if you were at the Paris Book Fair this weekend. READ  

Paris museum lifts photo ban over minister's pics
Visitors will now be allowed to take photos at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris once again. Photo: Terratta/Flickr

Paris museum lifts photo ban over minister's pics

The famous Musée d'Orsay in Paris has had to drop its ban on visitors taking photos of its artworks after the country's own Culture Minister openly flouted the restriction. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

IN PICTURES
France treated to rare Northern Lights show
Northern Lights as seen from eastern France. Photo: Lucas Adler/Twitter

France treated to rare Northern Lights show

The spectacular Northern Lights are normally only visible in Scandinavia or Canada, but thanks to a solar storm they lit up the night skies in parts of France on Wednesday morning. Here's a selection of images. READ  

France to go green for St Patrick's Day celebration
The Moulin Rouge lit up in green in 2014. Photo: AFP

France to go green for St Patrick's Day celebration

Paris and some other cities in France will take part in "Global Greening" on Tuesday, which will see a long list of monuments lit up in the colour green for Ireland's national day. READ  

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