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France profonde

Summits of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie should be celebrations of French values. But African squabbles spoiled this year's event
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France profonde

A proposal that English be made compulsory in French schools is provoking outrage. Any other language would be preferable — Spanish, German, Arabic…
Tim King  

France profonde

Presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy supports hunting to tap the rural vote. Cynical, perhaps, but it will also help France avoid Britain's urban-rural schism
Tim King  

France profonde

In France, the anonymous letter has long been a way of alerting the authorities to corruption. But it also belongs to the poison pen tradition of settling scores
Tim King  

France profonde

Le Figaro's series of essays on French identity has revealed that everyone believes it is in crisis. Gay marriage is just the latest trigger for impassioned debate
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Nicolas Sarkozy

Once Chirac's protégé, he is now his bitter rival. But could this wily, dynamic upstart who admires America, Tony Blair and successful businesses ever win the French presidency?
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Secularism in France

France's banning of religious symbols in state schools is incomprehensible to many Europeans. But "laïcité" - French-style secularism - is an ideology, defining what it means to be French
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French favours

A decade of corruption trials has chastened the French elite. But few heads have rolled and little has changed. What are the roots of French corruption?
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Bernard-Henri Lévy

The Parisian war philosopher's book on Daniel Pearl fails in basic journalistic discipline and verges on dishonesty
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