Famous for being a leader in the fashion world, France is also trying to lead the way in combatting one of the industry’s darker sides: unrealistic body images that can lead to eating disorders. As it is, there’s a lot of pressure to be thin in France …
This week we explore “la rentrée”, the renaissance that takes place after France’s summer shutdown. Children return to school, politicians scheme about the year to come and people get back to work. While some experience “rentrée blues”, others take the opportunity to make a fresh set of resolutions.
The French take pride in the notion that they savour the good things in life, and that also goes for the way they consume alcohol. For a lot of French residents, the best part of the day is the so-called “apéro”: the pre-dinner drinks which have become somewhat of a national institution. Although studies suggest that the French drink less than they used to, binge drinking has become a growing cause of concern.
This week FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at France’s 577 members of parliament. Elected for 5-year terms, they split their time between the stunning Palais Bourbon in Paris and their constituencies. Though some complain that they work too hard, French lawmakers certainly receive some very good perks in return. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to clean up politics, making it more ethical and transparent. So, no more million euro salaries for wives?
This year’s “Fête du Travail” (Labour Day) in France has a very political tone. Trade unions are divided over what strategy to adopt in Sunday’s crucial presidential run-off. Meanwhile, divisions appear at the National Front’s annual Joan of Arc ceremony. And Catherine Nicholson reports from Marine Le Pen’s final rally in Villepinte, a northern suburb of Paris.
FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 30.03.17: Once upon a time the official language of diplomacy, French continues to be vibrant today. Spoken on all five continents, French is an official language in nearly 30 countries and the second most studied foreign language in the world. But is French in danger of an English invasion?
France is famous for its gastronomy, but some delicacies are a little hard to stomach for first-time visitors. From snails and blood sausage to tripe and frogs’ legs, this week we focus on dishes the French love… and tourists find downright disgusting!
Join FRANCE 24 as we take a look at how we celebrate “Noël” in France. French people tend to have a big family lunch on Christmas Day, but the big day is in fact on Christmas Eve. Called the “réveillon de Noël”, it involves eating traditional French dishes like oyster, foie gras, chestnut-stuffed turkey and a delicious log-shaped cake. Essentially, celebrating Christmas in France is all about eating until you pop. Joyeux Noël!
FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 01.12.16: French people have a reputation for being pessimistic about the future and yet they are the baby-making champions of Europe. Two main factors can explain France’s exceptionally high fertility rate: a generous welfare system which gives cash allowances and tax breaks to families with children and a wide range of state-subsidized childcare options to help women get back to work.
The presidential primaries for France’s conservative opposition are still in the spotlight, with the press still focusing on François Fillon after his unexpected victory in round one on Sunday. Though he’s a familiar face in French politics, he’s always been in the background. Which begs the question: Who is François Fillon? Left-wing daily Libération makes its position clear with a fun front page photo: Fillon is the French Margaret Thatcher.