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Macron Président: how France dodged Brexit 3.0

As my country announced centrist outsider Emmanuel Macron as new President, relief was the prominent feeling for me, and no doubt millions across the nation and the world. This is post-2016, a year which saw the rejection of politics as usual materialise into a nasty burn-everything, quasi medieval populism across…

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A few pictures from the Écouen Renaissance Museum

During my last trip to France, I visited the Écouen castle with my grandad. Originally built between 1538 and 1550, it was used as a school for the daughters of chevaliers of the Legion d’Honneur between 1807 and 1962. Nowadays, it is home to France’s Renaissance museum, the “Musée national de la…

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Holding my hands up: I was wrong about laïcité

Laïcité is the French principle of state secularism. It is based upon the separation of church and stately institutions, including the government and education system. Laïcité was born in the context of Catholicism’s stronghold over a fast diversifying France. It aimed to nullify Catholic influence in national affairs to create an environment of…

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