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Everybody has heard about the famous 35 hour working week in France, which has given the French a reputation of being lazy and on vacation more than anybody else. However, it is a myth, I can assure you. Recently the British press was joking about the...

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The other morning when cycling around the Vieux Port I was pleasantly surprised to see César moored near the Hôtel de Ville. It has been years that I have not seen the old ferry boat (pronounced ferry-boite) which was taken out of service in 2009 to be...

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I have passed this non-descript white building thousands of times without ever realising that the Maison des Combattants used to be the head office of the biggest manufacturer of oïl and soap in Europe. It was a pure coincidence that I stumbled on the...

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Tonight the film stars walk up the famous stairs in Cannes for the last time this year. I have absolutely no interest in the stars and do not choose my films according to the Jury's decisions. However, recently I just had to stand on the stairs in Cannes,...

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As a Dane I have undoubtedly a special relationship to The Little Mermaid, be it the fairytale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, be it the the sculpture sitting on a stone in the harbour of Copenhagen. The fairytale was published in 1837, whereas...

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No, no, this is not an article about me but about Monique, the main character in Victor Margueritte's book La Garçonne (The Bachelor Girl in the English translation, though the literal translation would be The Toyboy). By the time La Garçonne was published...

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La Ciotat is a port some 35 kms east of Marseille. It has never been the place you would take visiting friends on a Sunday afternoon (unlike its' neighbour Cassis), but something has happened over the last two years, so I decided to take a friend there...

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It has been more than two years since I took a plane from Marseille-Provence Airport so I thought I would check out any developments on the costs of going to the airport. When leaving on vacation I have always found it convenient and relative cheap to...

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In the second half of November 1959 it rained incessantly for 10 days in the Var (east of Marseille). The water dam Malpasset near Fréjus, which had been finished only in 1954, broke its wall and spilled 50 Mm3 of water into the marsh land north of Fréjus....

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On the first day of September 1961 the summer was not yet over in Casablanca. She was 26 and still had 2 weeks vacation before going back to her job as a teacher. She had gone to a photographer's studio on that Friday but had not met the photographer,...

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