Going underground: Exploring the Paris Métro

14 Nov

The Parisian Métro system is arguably one of the most emblematic features of life in the French capital. The first line opened in 1900 and was an immediate success. According to a recent study, Parisians have the best access to rapid public transport …

Is France a civil servant’s paradise?

25 Oct

France is famous, and at times infamous, for its bulky bureaucracy. Some go so far as to call it a civil servant’s paradise. French “fonctionnaires” are said to have a sweet deal compared to private sector workers. So just what are the perks? Meanwhil…

Remembering Jacques Chirac

3 Oct

French Connections focuses on the legacy of former president Jacques Chirac, who passed away last week at the age of 86. The self-styled affable rogue had one of the longest political careers in Europe and was one of France’s favourite politicians. We…

Is French healthcare the best in the world?

30 Aug

When it comes to healthcare, the French are very proud of their system. It’s high quality, accessible and affordable. France’s “système de santé” ranks among the best in the world. Despite this enthusiasm, it’s far from perfect and critics say the sys…

Celebrate! France’s love affair with holidays

18 Jul

With a minimum of 30 days of paid leave per year, French people have the reputation of being on vacation all the time. During the summer months of July and August, the country virtually shuts down. So what do they do with all those cherished “congés p…