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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

beautiful french words

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent

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Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

Culinary notes from France: 25 facts about French food

Culinary notes from France: 25 facts about French food

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Expat food blogger Dominique Cachat shares 25 trivia French food facts to help you dive into the all-important French food culture.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

French beauty tips

French beauty: How to perfect the 'French look' and allure

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French beauty revolves around optimising a woman's allure in an imperfect and seemingly effortless way. Find your French style with these French beauty secrets – from Parisian locals.

Top French stereotypes we should stop believing

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French men are rude but good lovers while French women are hot but don't use deodorant – is there any truth to the top French stereotypes?

101 cute, romantic and obscure French terms of endearment

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What's the French word for love? When it comes to cute and romantic French terms of endearment, the French get pretty obscure – and a bit raunchy.

French food

How to eat like the French: 12 tips you need to adopt

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À table! You wouldn't dare serve a meal without bread and are well-aware that nothing says 'I can't be bothered' than paper napkins on the dining table.

French phrases

Things French-speakers say when they're really mad

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In place of insulting someone's mother, instead get grandma involved when getting angry in French. Tell them how you really feel in French!

Paris phrases

Phrases you need to understand Parisians

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Non, mais c’est pas possible! Learning some Parisian street-talk will help you understand Parisians a little better.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

Living in Paris

15 signs you’ve been in Paris too long

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Once you stop believing customer service exists and have yelled at an accordion player, maybe it's time to leave Paris.

French parenting

The French way to parent

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French parents avoid 'helicopter' parenting – hovering over their children – because they remember to take time for themselves, too.

French habits

9 habits you have to lose in France

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Hyperactive drinking and unjustified smiling were just some habits Franco-US writer Meaghan Beatley had to lose to act 'typically French'.

French fitness

How to stay fit and healthy the French way – with less effort

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The French have perfected the ability to stay slim and healthy without having to don Lycra.



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