French holidays and traditions
Bank, religious and civil holidays mark out France’s annual calendar. Discover ...the origins and history of these holidays and traditions that are part of our popular culture.
History of women's right to vote
French women voted for the first time on 29 April 1945, during the municipal ...elections, and then a few months later, on 21 October 1945, they took part in the national ballot.
Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2012
The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was simultaneously held in Stockholm, Sweden and ...Oslo, Norway on 10th December 2012. Highly anticipated, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to leaders of the European Union.
Celebrating Franco-German friendship
Franco-German cooperation is celebrating its fifty years. It was on 22 January ...1963 that German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and General de Gaulle signed the Franco-German cooperation treaty. To mark the anniversary, several commemorative events will be held as part of Franco-German year celebrating friendship between the two countries.
Nowadays, 9 May has become “Europe Day”. It is a European symbol like the ...flag, the anthem, and the single currency.
Appointed as the candidate for the Socialist Party and radicals of the Left for ...the 2012 Presidential Election, François Hollande was elected as the seventh President of the Republic on 6 May 2012, replacing outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Find all the essential information and a summary of the fact sheet on France, ...its influence and its attractiveness.
Secularism and religious freedom
A fundamental value and essential principle of the Republic, secularism is a ...French invention. A legacy of the Revolution, it experienced 3 major periods before becoming part of the constitution in the 20th century and being exported to other countries.
Even though the 1958 Constitution bestowed the privilege of being the national ...emblem on the tricolour flag, Marianne also embodies the French Republic.
A date in Parisian revolutionary history that has become the national day, 14 ...July today combines the solemnity of military parades and the atmosphere of balls and fireworks. The Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 has been celebrated in France for over a century.