Do French women really not get fat?

5 Oct

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 …

Vive l’apéro! Understanding French drinking culture

24 Aug

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.

Are French politicians paid too much?

18 May

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?

French: Much more than just the language of love

30 Mar

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?

Christmas in France: So. Much. Food!

8 Dec

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!

Baby crazy: Why do French women have so many children?

1 Dec

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.