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Changing times – French culture under threat

Changing times - French culture under threat
French singer Serge Gainsbourg was rarely seen without a cigarette, but will smoking in France become a thing of the past? Photo: Philippe Wojazer/AFP
As France looks set to break with tradition and say au revoir to their previously sacrosanct two month-long school summer holidays, The Local takes a look at some other areas of traditional Gallic culture facing the threat of the guillotine.

When Minister for Education Vincent Peillon suggested cutting France's sacrosanct summer holidays from eight weeks down to a measly six, a media storm ensued in which every website and publication discussed in detail the merits of this great French tradition.

But the Grandes Vacances as the holidays are known in France are not the only aspect of French culture under threat from change. In this week's gallery The Local examines other Gallic traditions –  from the aperitif to  foie gras – that may face their own battle to remain part of nation's culture. Click on the link below for the full gallery.


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