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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 (...)

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  • Symbols of France

    The Gallic Rooster
     
     
     The Seal of State
     
     
     Liberty, Egality, Fraternity
     
     
     
     Marianne
     
     
     The French Flag
     
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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 (...)

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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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  • The wines of France

    by Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon
     Professor Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon is honorary dean of the School of Oenology at Bordeaux-II (Victor Segalen) University, and a corresponding member of the Institut de France. The opinions (...)

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  • STUDYING IN FRANCE (a few facts on …)

    1 – What is the trend in the number of foreign students in France?
     
     The number of foreign students in France has increased over the past two years. In the 2004-2005 academic year, our country admitted (...)

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  • Sea Fisheries

    by Alain Parrès
     
     Alain Parrès, a member of the French Maritime Academy, is chairman of the National Committee for Sea Fishery and Fish Farming. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the (...)

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  • The Gallic Rooster

    One of the national emblems of France, the Coq Gaulois (the Gallic Rooster) decorated French flags during the Revolution. It is the symbol of the French people because of the play on words of the Latin gallus (...)

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