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On November 12, 2019, in Venise, the sea rose 1.87 metres above its normal level, flooding much of the city. Ihor Serdyukov/Shutterstock

Notre-Dame and Venice: why such a gap in generosity?

More than 1 billion euros were donated after Paris’ cathedral was grievously damaged by fire in April. By comparison, just a few million euros were given after catastrophic flooding in Cité des Doges.
‘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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