Ten great French traditions under threat
As France looks set to break with tradition and say au revoir to their epic two month-long school summer holidays, The Local takes a look at some other parts of Gallic culture facing the threat of the guillotine.
Mademoiselle: There was once a time when most young women were formally addressed as “Mademoiselle” - but no longer. In February last year
the then PM François Fillon told all ministries to ban the word from official documents following complaints from
feminist groups. "There is no reason for two salutations for women
which divide them into two categories: married and unmarried," said a
spokeswoman for ‘Osez le Féminisme’. All French women are now “Madame”
until further notice.