French actor, singer Serge Reggiani dies at 82

PARIS, July 23 (AFP) – The French singer and actor Serge Reggiani died overnight of a heart atack at the age of 82, his agent said Friday.

Born in Italy in 1922, Reggiani came to France with his parents at the age of eight, and after acting schoo

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Lascaux

The caves of Lascaux, in France, contain some of the earliest known representational art, dating to between 17,000 and 15,000 years before the present. These Paleolithic cave paintings consist mostly of realistic images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. The other common theme of the paintings is outlines of the human hand. The cave was discovered in 1940 by a dog named Robot, and public access […]

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Social Customs

French society likes formality in many aspects of everyday life as obligatory handshaking or cheek kissing 😉

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19th Century

The industrial expansion was not slowed by the war and continued at a fast pace. To commemorate the centenial of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was constructed during the Universal Exhibition of 1889…

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History: Prehistory

DATELINE950,000-80,000 B.C. Homo Erectus(400,000 B.C. Discovery of Fire) 80,000-30,000 B.C.Neanderthal 33,000-10,000B.C. Homo SapiensCro Magnon Man 4,000-2,500B.C. Neolithic Revolution 2,500-50 B.C. Celtic Domination in Gaul Where to see Prehistoric France? Mostly in Brittanny and in the Southwest of France. We recommend:The French film:The Quest for Fire The first humans found in France, known as Homo Erectus, are believed to have lived around 950,000 B.C.  First form of French Art:over 12,000 years old! 😉 They evolved slowly, through four glaciations, discovered fire […]

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Transportation

<!–^~^67|right|^~^–> Road network Densest in the world, longest in the EU with a total of 964,356 km of local, secondary and main roads and motorways, including 7,396 km of motorways (second in Europe). Rail network On 1 January 1996, the SNCF (National Railroad Company) was responsible for 31,940 km of track. France holds the world speed record (515 km/h) with its high-speed train (TGV), which runs on 1,268 kilometres of special track. Annual capacity: 55.5 billion passenger/km (first in Europe […]

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Modern Politics

Modern French politics remain characterized by a Left/Right division of the country even though the border between the two has been recently blurred.

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20th Century

The First World War erupted in 1914 in northeast France and after two years of German victories, fell into the horrors of trench warfare. The United States entered the war in 1917 and helped France to victory…

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Internet ‡ la French

A guide to French Media

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Research & Development

<!–^~^70|right|^~^–>National R & D expenditure amounts to 190 billion francs ($38 billion) i.e. 2.5% of GDP. The public sector finances 51% of it and is responsible for operating (building maintenance, salaries, laboratory equipment) the major national research centres, which include the CNRS (all fields), INSERM (medicine), INRA (agronomy), etc.. Privately-financed research focuses on advanced technology sectors such as electronics, aeronautical engineering, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and automobile construction. France ranks fourth among OECD countries for research, after Japan, Germany and the United […]

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