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Reportage + Société |

The future for gypsies in France

Pre-2007, it was enough for the French public to accept gitans as a necessary bother, to steer clear of them and hope they might move on. But since Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union in 2007, the game has changed.


Vie Française |

Gambling in France: is it a problem?

In Australia, it seems that opportunities to gamble are everywhere. In France, by contrast, gambling is largely limited to casinos and betting shops (PMU). But does this mean France is free from problem gambling?


Vie Française |

Examining the French school system – outdated or timeless?

French children rote-learn facts, read difficult philosophical novels and have table manners ingrained from as young as three. By contrast, Australian children spend much of their first school years making papier-mâché crafts, running around the playground and later, study films and pop culture.


Vie Française |

Saying ‘I do’ in France

The number of unmarried couples in France has quadrupled in the last two decades and the trend is moving in the same direction in Australia. The decline in marriage interest is mirrored in the French political arena.


Reportage + Société |

Violence in French football

Aggression on and off the field has historically been a feature of French soccer. The history of ‘football hooliganism’ in France is rich and detailed. It includes incidences of car burning, flare throwing, mass injury and even death.


Gastronomie |

Gourmet frozen food in France

In Australia, it is people of a lower socio-economic status who are more likely to purchase frozen foods instead of their fresh equivalents. In France, however, the opposite appears to be true.


Gastronomie |

French dinner party critics

In France, everyone is a critic. Considered to be the height of impoliteness in Australian society, French dinner guests routinely critique the food served by their host.


Vie Française |

Career changes in France uncommon

In France, it is exceptionally rare and very difficult to change careers. French people go to school, they go to university and whatever they choose to study is what they subsequently become.


Vie Française |

Motherguilt: How does France compare with Australia?

Women all around the world deal with guilt every day. It may be guilt over buying takeaway instead of cooking. Or buying the cheaper laundry detergent that isn’t environmentally friendly. And of course there is the age-old question of whether or not to outsource the childcare responsibilities.


Vie Française |

Binge drinking: a French issue?

For years health experts have admired and advocated the French approach to alcohol. The idea of binge drinking seems ill at ease next to the sense of formality and elegance inherent to French culture. Yet it appears that binge drinking is indeed present, and on the rise in France.