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  • French Music festivals in summer : a cultural feast

    Whether you prefer theatre, dance or music, summer is the ideal season to enjoy a taste of French culture, with a host of festivals nationwide.

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  • Bastille Day in Paris

    France’s national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution. Crowds line the Champs-Elysées for a military parade led by the President, and Parisians party until dawn as fireworks explode over the Trocadéro.

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  • Napoléon

    To Napoleon, Malta appeared as an important piece of his Mediterranean strategy. On 9 June 1797, his gigantic fleet, comprising of about 50,000 men and commanded by Admiral Brueys, set siege on Malta. As a result (...)

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  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is Europe’s parliamentary capital. As such, it offers not only an incomparably high profile for the European Parliament, but also a strong symbol to European citizens. - -Since 1949, the city has been home (...)

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  • "Black - Blanc - beur"

    Expression in French that became popular in the 90s especially after France won the football world cup in 1998. - -The expression refers to multi-ethnic France ( in comparison to its tricolor flag called "bleu, (...)

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  • Symbols of France

    The Gallic Rooster - - -The Seal of State - - -Liberty, Egality, Fraternity - - - -Marianne - - -The French Flag - - - -La Marseillaise

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  • La Marseillaise

    Aux Armes, Citoyens! - -On July 14, Bastille Day, La Marseillaise, maybe the best-known national anthem in the world, is sung all over France. In fact, the anthem was not created in Marseille but in Strasbourg (...)

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  • Seal of State

    The official seal of the French Republic was created in 1848. It depicts a seated figure of Liberty brandishing a fasces of lictor. Near her, there is an urn struck with the letters "SU" (for universal suffrage). At (...)

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  • French Flag

    The "tricolor" (three-color) flag is an emblem of the Fifth Republic. It had its origins in the union, at the time of the French Revolution, of the colours of the King (white) and the City of Paris (blue and red). - (...)

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  • TGV (Train Grande Vitesse)

    574.8… rail speed record for TGV - -On 3 April 2007, the TGV smashed the world speed record, reaching 574.8 kph (356 mph) on the new TGV-Est high-speed line. The previous record was set in 1990 with 515 kph (322 (...)

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