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The Fête de la Fédération at Champ de Mars on July 14, 1790. Woodcut by Helman, from a picture by C. Monet, Painter of the King. Bibliothèque nationale de France

What is Bastille Day and why is it celebrated?

The French celebrate Quatorze Juillet, not Bastille Day. In fact, the English-language name hides much of the surprisingly complex history of the day.
Naomi Osaka keeps her eye on the ball as she prepares to serve. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open highlights how prioritizing mental wellness goes against the rules, on the court and off

The high-profile athlete’s struggles raise questions about society’s views on mental health, as well as the effects of race, gender and fame on well-being.
President Ndaw, centre, as Vice-President Goïta (in uniform) looks on, during his inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020. Michele Cattani/AFP

Inside Mali’s coup within a coup

Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
By the end of April, 19 EU member states, including France, had approved the text paving the way for the launch of the recovery plan. Shutterstock

Why the European recovery plan funds have not yet been released

National procedures for approving the financing of the European recovery plan are delaying its implementation. But the horizon seems to be clearing.

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