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‘I want to produce such an impression of utter weariness and ennui that my readers will imagine the book could only have been written by a cretin,’ Flaubert wrote. Photo by Nadar / ullstein bild via Getty Images

We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned

Is a 19th-century French author’s cosmic joke turning into a real-life global nightmare?
Leftovers, as one French chef put it, ‘can be as good as, if not better than, the first time they are served.’ Tom Grundy/Shutterstock.com

What to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers? Look to the French

It doesn't have to be a week of tiresome turkey sandwiches. A food historian explains how the French came to see leftovers as an outlet for creativity and experimentation.
In Saint-Laurent-Nouan, in the Loir-et-Cher region, one of 19 French power plants. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Nuclear power in France: imagining the industry’s future

Nuclear energy generates 75% of France's electricity, and ongoing troubles at the new Flamanville EPR reactor have raised crucial questions about its future in the country's electricity mix.
Jacques Chirac (here in 2005) was a defining figure in French politics after May 1968. World Economic Forum/Flickr

Jacques Chirac, 1932-2019: a political bulldozer

A look back at the distinguished career of the former president, an ardent defender of France's place in the world.
France is exploring the uses of marijuana as medicine. Lifestyle discover/SHutterstock.com

France forgets own golden age of medical marijuana

After a long prohibition, France is permitting medical cannabis trials. This isn't the first time that France is testing medicinal marijuana – in the 19th century it led the world in this research.

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