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Independence, the Catalan Way

(3) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (18:13)

"It needs to happen in my lifetime. We have wanted and deserved it for too long." Emma, a student studying in Barcelona, is a Catalan Independiste. She belongs to the 50% of the population of Spain's north-eastern region who would like to see Catalonia split from the Spanish state to...

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Why I Don't Mind Being a Mademoiselle

(4) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (00:00)

Paris - and France - no longer has any mademoiselles. Luckily this is not in the wake of a mass exodus of les jeunes, but thanks to new legislation banning the title from all state literature.

French Prime Minister Fran├žois Fillon has announced that women in France will no...

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'Romance' in the City of Love

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2012 | (00:00)

In the last few months I have rather enjoyed discovering how Parisian life differs from the postcards and sycophantic films. Cycling along the sunlight boulevards also involves dodging cavalier traffic with a moral aversion to lanes; outdoor cafes with heaters are balanced by glass boxes in clubs where smokers huddle...

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Cantona 'Running' For President Could Seriously Unsettle the Election Battle

(3) Comments | Posted 11 January 2012 | (00:00)

There is the man who I pass everyday on the way to work, who wears a trilby and holds a beautiful russet puppy. There is the mother in Charles de Gaulle airport who navigates the terminal with 50 full plastic bags attached to a trolley.

There is the man...

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Inhumane Conditions Can't Prevent Romani Travellers Returning to France

(5) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (00:00)

On the Parisian street outside my flat two teenage girls were being violently held by a group of men. The girls were biting, writhing, desperately trying to free themselves from the arms that held their heads, waists and ankles. One of the women watching the struggle contemptuously informed me that...

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