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Whether in the realm of politics, sport, culture or in the extraordinary lives of ordinary French people, la Belle France was always (for good or for ill) a unique and fascinating place to watch, and especially, to live in, in 2013.
Between the economy, the worlds of sport and the arts, and the always-intriguing business of French politics, there wasn't a single dull day since January 1st.
As we say goodbye to 2013, and prepare for unknown twists and turns that 2014 has in store, The Local has collected 12 of the most important, most shocking, most talked about events and sagas of the last 12 months.
Here they are:
What do you think were the most important things to happen this year? Join the debate in the comments section below.