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Up to 500 guillotine victims found in walls of French monument

Paris - The administrator of a historic chapel in France noticed the walls were looking odd in places, and he called in an archaeologist to take a professional look. The reason for the anomalies is a dark one, dating back to the French Revolution.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Toronto - Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

French politician bashes 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

Politician and former presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, denounced how the French Revolution has been depicted in 'Assassin's Creed Unity' during a radio interview.

France: Women of Paris can finally wear pants — legally

Paris - Last Thursday emancipation arrived in the wardrobes of Parisian women when a law in force since 1800 banning women in the French capital from wearing trousers (pants) was finally revoked.

Op-Ed: Hollande scraps plans for national museum of French history

Paris - Plans for the €40 million Maison de l’Histoire de France in Paris were finally scrapped on December 31 by Francois Hollande's socialist government. The decision delighted many who believe France's rich history is too divisive.

DNA solves blood mystery of beheaded King Louis XVI

Barcelona - When French King Louis XVI went to the guillotine in 1793 eager Parisians rushed to dip their handkerchiefs into the blood, as souvenirs of the event. DNA analysis now shows fabric placed in an ornate gourd contains blood of the beheaded monarch.

Op-Ed: France: ‘You say you want a revolution. Well, you know..’

So sang Lennon, and ‘Revolution’ is also creeping into the vocabulary of the French public and politicians. They would do well to remind themselves of the murderous outcome of the French Revolution, and it's lessons, before starting another one.

French revolution in cafe society: a total smoking ban

France’s most iconic institution, the smoky café, are going to become a faded memory. The café used to boast some of finest thinkers, so what will happen to the modern thinkers?

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The Storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789 during the French Revolution
The Storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789 during the French Revolution
Chapelle expiatoire in Paris  France
Chapelle expiatoire in Paris, France
Gérard Janot (CC BY 3.0)
 Assault on the Tuileries  on Aug 10  1792  during the French Revolution  painting at the Musée du ...
'Assault on the Tuileries' on Aug 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, painting at the Musée du chateau de Versailles
Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1747–1819)
Execution of Louis XVI in what is now the Place de la Concorde  facing the empty pedestal where the ...
Execution of Louis XVI in what is now the Place de la Concorde, facing the empty pedestal where the statue of his grandfather, Louis XV, had stood.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Catacombs of Paris
Catacombs of Paris
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