France from A to Z

  • Architecture & sculpture

    Since the late 19th century, French artists have played a decisive role in the development of modern painting: the work of the Impressionists, Cézanne and the Fauvists, for example, inspired the Cubist movement. The (...)

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  • Cinema

    The Film Industry Cinema celebrated its centenary in 1995: on 28 December 1895, the Lumière Brothers held the first screening for a paying audience at the Grand Café in central Paris. The first moving images they (...)

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  • Culture

    France is synonymous with its culture - hence the large number of foreign tourists who flock to the Louvre and the Pompidou Center and queue up for performances at the Opéra Bastille (Bastille Opera House) and the (...)

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  • Dance

    The Dance culture in France As in music, the formerly hard-and-fast borders separating classical from modern are becoming increasingly blurred. The Paris Opera Ballet has maintained its long tradition of (...)

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  • Human Rights

    France Human Rights Policy Human rights hold special historical significance for France. The French tradition of commitment to human rights stems from the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century (...)

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  • Literature

    French literature: tradition and modernity
    The writers of today must prove themselves worthy of the inspired generation of modern classic authors who preceded them: Gide, Sartre, Camus, Céline, Cohen, Aragon, (...)

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  • Luxury Products

    France is famous all over the world for its luxury products like perfume or haute couture.
    Guerlain : empire of perfume Maison Guerlain’s ambition is to be unique in the world. To this end it offers its clientele (...)

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  • Museums

    The Musée du Quai Branly: a new institution engaged in the dialogue of cultures and civilizations Bridging cultures
    Supported by French President Jacques Chirac, the Musée du Quai Branly is setting out to showcase (...)

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  • Music

    The Music Culture in France
    Encouraged by technological advances, the French infatuation with music covers a wide range of styles. The population’s musical tastes are more diversified than they were formerly. The (...)

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  • Theatre

    In line with a tradition going back to the Théâtre Libre founded by André Antoine, who later renamed it Théâtre Antoine - a tradition kept alive through the interwar years in the work of the “Cartel” (Gémier, Copeau, (...)

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