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Copyright expires on Bolero, French classical favourite
Musicians of the "Orchestre Lamoureux" perform Maurice Ravel's Bolero. Photo: AFP

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero".

Baguettiquette: Weird things the French do with bread
Photo: Serious Lunch

Some of the things the French do with their favorite form of sustenance are baffling to foreigners.

Paris to get 'gift' of another mega art gallery
The Bourse de Commerce, soon to be Paris' newest art museum. Photo: Eric Feferburg/AFP

Paris is hardly short on art galleries, but there'll soon be a new kid on the block.

French workers 'should get right to post-lunch nap'
Photo: Jason Ernst/Flickr

Good news: afternoon napping shouldn't just be for toddlers, says a new French study.

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Photo: AFP

Take a closer look at the more unusual side of Paris.

How Prince had fond love for France and one Paris venue
Prince performing on stage at the Stade de France near Paris in 2011. Photo: AFP

Prince said he always wanted to live in France and had a favourite venue in Paris where he played secret gigs.

Queen's 90th Birthday
Queen Elizabeth at 90: Is she really fluent in French?
President François Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (right) seem delighted with the Queen's level of French. Photo: AFP

There are not many Brits out there who can speak French at the age of 90, but Queen Elizabeth is one of them. But how good is her lingo really?

How did the French end up with their 'crazy' numbers?
Photo: Morebyless/Flickr

Sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, sixty-ten. Wait what? Where did that come from?

Paris students invited to wear Muslim veils for 'Hijab Day'
Photo: Hijab Day/Facebook

Students at a prestigious university in Paris have been invited to wear the Hijab for a day, but some have seen the move as a provocation.

Why has France scrapped its most spectacular festival?
Photo: Région Poitou-Charentes/Flickr

Revellers aren't ready to say goodnight to the popular and spectacular Roman Nights or Les Nuits Romanes.

France goes ape over club's 'zoo night' with caged tigers
Photo: Jim Mullhaupt/Flickr

French animal rights clubs are roaring in protest after a nightclub promised caged tigers, panthers and snakes for a one-off spectacle.

France remains king of global fine wine exports
Photo: AFP

Evidence that France has the finest wines in the world, and that the world continues to have a taste for them.

La Vache! The strange origins of six French curse words
Photo: Upsomeon/Flickr

They're everyday curse words in France, but where on earth do they come from?

Frenchman's 'fish soup' pizza beats Italy to world cup crown
Frenchman Ludovic Bicchierai, centre, won top prize at Italy's pizza world championships. Photo: Campionato Mondiale della Pizza

Italian pizza chefs had to be content with second and third place on the podium.

Does French cinema also have a problem with race?
Omar Sy, the star of "Chocolat." Photo: AFP

A new movie about the life of France's first black celebrity is challenging audiences to consider whether Hollywood's notorious diversity problem is also an issue in France.

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