Nîmes: France’s Little Rome
20 September 2022 | 6:13 pm
In the southern French city of Nîmes, the passion for Ancient Rome is more alive than ever. For the past decade, the city has been holding the Great Roman Games show every spring. Legionaries, centurions and gladiators invade the city and bring its incredible Roman monuments back to life: in particular the arena, where the Great Games are organised. Thousands of people, young and old alike, turn out to be transported back to the Rome of Julius Caesar.
In this special edition, we report on the return of the Women’s Tour de France. After more than a 30-year absence, the race kicks off on July 24 from the Eiffel Tower, ending eight days later after a 1000 km ride through northern France. About 22 teams will be participating in the hope of winning the Yellow Jersey. Annette Young meets tour director Marion Rousse, along with other professional and amateur cyclists, including French national champion Audrey Cordot-Reagan. All of them hope that the event will give this women’s sport a much-needed global spotlight.
French President Emmanuel Macron is marking the 80th anniversary of the wartime round-up of Jews in France. Over two days in July 1942, French police rounded up 13,000 people for deportation to Auschwitz.
When it comes to cultural offerings, the arts never go on holiday! We take a look at hit exhibitions in France this summer that offer everything from an immersive light-fueled experience to interactive inflatables and open-air photography.
We look at reactions to the resignation of a close adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, following comments he made about the “race mixing” of Europeans and non-Europeans. Also, France's women's football team confronts Germany for a spot in the Euro final. Finally, we look at what “Bennifer” got up to during their Paris honeymoon and Damien Hirst's latest project, which will see him burn his own artworks.
The beluga whale that swam up the river that runs through Paris appeared underweight. The protected species is normally found in Arctic waters not near major European capitals.
It's summer and French vacationers are back on the road, on the rails, and in the air. After two years of suffering through the Covid-19 pandemic, it is time to recharge, rest and take in the sun.
The French military said the withdrawal of its forces from Mali has been completed after more than eight years of presence in the West African country.
France's nuclear energy option threatens a warming environment. Authorities called on people to postpone travel plans and to avoid waterways. "Just 30 centimeters of water is enough to sweep away a car," the prefecture of the Var department on the French Riviera said in a statement.
France withdrew the last of its troops from its former colony on Tuesday. Their exit from Mali coincided with a letter Mali sent to the UN stating that France helped Islamist militants to destabilize the Sahel country.
French President Emmanuel Macron has kicked off a three-day visit to Algeria with economic ties on the agenda, as well as a bid to reset often tense relations between Paris and Algiers. Also in this edition: Angola's ruling party edges closer to an election win after the tightest presidential race in decades. Finally, in Senegal, hundreds of plastic recycling plants are to be built to crack down on pollution.
As regular viewers will know, French Connections is all about exploring the intricacies of life in France and tearing apart common clichés about the French. There are indeed many stereotypes. Always fascinating, frequently baffling, France is a country that non-French people often like to reduce to preconceived notions. So what are the prevailing clichés about the French and why is it so hard to shake them off? For this 40th episode of French Connections Plus, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula bring you a special show on stereotypes about France.
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed (born 1977) is a French-Algerian. An openly gay Muslim, Zahed is the founder of the first European inclusive mosque, in Paris, France, with the goal of accommodating the LGBT and feminist Muslim communities.
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