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French women forbidden to wear trousers – it’s official

French women are forbidden to wear trousers under a law passed more than 200 years ago and never repealed. Where does this leave the elegant wife of President Sarkozy, asks A writer’s lot in France? Continue reading

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Weather in southwest France: March 2010 update

This is the first in a series of updates which I will post every month, based on the weather statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other posts please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar. … Continue reading

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French social customs 4: table manners part 2

People in France eat out a lot (although somewhat less during the present crise).  On Sundays, you will often see whole families from grandparents down to babies tucking into a five-course meal.  This is the reason why French children are … Continue reading

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Language mistakes: 5 things to avoid saying in French

Translating literally from English to French is always dangerous.  Many French words change their meaning depending on how they are used or which verbs they are used with.  Also, hundreds of English and French words look similar but mean different … Continue reading

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