Fatphobia: France’s systemic prejudice

24 May

This week we’re putting the focus on France’s attitude to weight, and more specifically at the curvier end of the scales. While the French cliché of an effortlessly trim population obviously doesn’t hold true, the country does seem to harbour a deep-r…

European elections: France gets ready for key vote

10 May

Like all EU countries, France participates in the European elections, with the French sending 79 MEPs to the European Parliament. France has historically been one of the driving forces behind European cooperation. Despite France’s strong role in the b…

Plastic surgery in France: Nip, tuck… deny

3 May

This week, we’re at a Parisian clinic to put the French approach to cosmetic surgery under the knife. With 517,000 procedures a year, the country ranks in 10th place, far behind the US, Brazil and Japan, the world’s largest cosmetic surgery consumers….

France puts food quality on the table

12 Apr

The French have a reputation for gastronomy, but where do they stand on food quality? After a number of scandals, awareness is growing of issues such as traceability or harmful additives, and the country’s powerful food lobbies are now up against incr…

Just how happy are the French?

4 Aug

This week, we’re asking the question, just how happy are the French people? They have a reputation for being a little bit grumpy, and on the world happiness report, the French don’t feature very high in the rankings. But we’ll see that a whole industry…