The Complete Guide to the French Education System

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What is school like in France? It’s a question you might find yourself pondering as you study French and get to know more about French culture. In some ways, French school is like school in many places in the world, including the US and UK – but there are a number of key differences, including …

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What Is the Legal Drinking Age in France – and Why?

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The legal drinking age in France is 18, or 16 if the person is in the presence of adults (usually understood to be family members). This might seem surprising. After all, France has a reputation for being a country of wine-lovers. You may even have heard that there’s no legal drinking age at all. And …

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All About the Phrase “Bon Voyage” – and the Travel Habits of the French

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French people have been wishing each other Bon voyage (Have a nice trip) for centuries. The saying is so common that it’s one of those French phrases that’s been adopted into other languages, including English. Despite how frequently you might hear it, like any ultimate travel destination, bon voyage offers a lot more to discover …

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32 Magazines to Help You Learn French – and Where to Find Them

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Although they’re not as much a part of the French popular culture landscape as newspapers, French magazines can be a worthwhile way to expand your vocabulary and cultural knowledge, not to mention pass the time. There’s a wide range of magazines in France. Here are some of the most popular among French readers. We’ll also …

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Black History and Culture in France

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The Black Lives Matter movement has been changing the world, and also reminding us of our history. The history of Black people in France is very different from that of Black people in the US, where the movement started – as well as in other countries. But unfortunately, prejudice and racism exists here, as well. …

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