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I must admit that it was with a smile that I read the news this morning. François Fillon and 67 other UMP party members have created a group within the French parlament called Rassemblement pour UMP, or abbreviated: RUMP. For a Frenchman there is probably...

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Sometimes you don't have a choice on French TV, like on Monday evenings when the American series Castle is shown in the French version only. It is better on Tuesday evenings when Mentalist is shown in both French and English. But on Thursday evenings...

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The river Seine is probably the only Parisian river that most people have heard about, but there are other rivers running into the Seine, as I learnt yesterday when I participated in a walk to trace the river Bièvre. The Bièvre has its source in Guyancourt...

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It is nicknamed a "Pelle Starck" (a Starck spade), but is it a spade? My curiosity was aroused yesterday when somebody said that the old-fashioned historical signs in front of parks and buildings are called pelles Starck. "Oh, yeah", I replied jokingly,...

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Until last night the name Clemenceau was for me connected to a French aircraft carrier by the same name. I presumed that this ship was named after some old minister or general, but then I discovered the website of the Museum Clemenceau (link), and a new...

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A couple of weeks ago, on 17 October to be exact, I heard on the news that the French president, François Hollande, on behalf of the French state had acknowledged the brutal events of 17 October 1961. I had never heard about these events and promised...

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