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Paris, destroyed: A map of buildings lost to history

The Notre-Dame fire on April 15 was a singular disaster. But Paris has already lost countless other monuments. This map traces one of the darkest episodes in the city’s history. Image: National Library of France Paris in ruins During the Commune of 1871, dozens of historic buildings were set on fire. Some have been restored […]

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Unknown group beat everyone up in French commune

While attention from the European elections has naturally taken the top spot in France’s results, a surprise is found at the bottom of the ballot lists with unexpected success for The Animalist Party. The almost unheard-of party, which campaigned on an animal rights ticket, garnered around 2.4% of the vote in France – around 450,000 […]

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From hippie commune to prestigious political university in France

PROVIDED Former Whitianga Manaia Matafeo has been selected to study in France. In the crowd of anti-drilling and anti-oil protests in Coromandel was a young Manaia Matafeo. He was introduced to the protests at an early age and believes those early memories played a role in his decision to pursue an education in politics. The […]