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England claim title as Six Nations finally draws to close

And it is over. A mere eight and a bit months after it began on 1st February in Cardiff, the Six Nations has reached its conclusion. England took the title on points difference from France, closing their campaign with a bonus-point victory over Italy. The top spot was secured despite an opening day defeat to […]

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Swiatek and Nadal triumph at French Open

On Saturday 10th October, Iga Swiatek caused a major upset by winning the French Open and becoming the youngest champion at Roland Garros since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The 19-year-old world number 54 beat fourth seed Sofiah Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final, thereby becoming the first Polish player ever to win a Grand Slam, […]

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Paris protests over IVF treatment for lesbian couples

The 19th of January saw a huge protest in Paris against the government and its proposed changes to the laws around assisted reproduction in France. The new bill would allow lesbian and single women to access PMA (la procréation médicalement assistée) treatments such as IVF and artificial insemination. According to figures from an independent body that […]

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Rugby World Cup 2019: quarter-final assessment

England vs Australia Prior to the clash, Japan 2019 had not yet really tested England. Their match against Argentina was rendered null as a contest when an early red card ended the South Americans’ chances of victory. The game against France was then called off due to Typhoon Hagibis and the men in white had […]

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Yellow Vest attack harms two Edinburgh students

Two Edinburgh students have been left shaken after being trapped in a French Metro station filled with tear gas on Saturday 12 October. The two girls in question had planned a sightseeing visit and took the Metro to Toulouse, where there was also a mass Yellow Vest demonstration taking place on Saturday. When both girls […]

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Art Culture

Notre Dame aflame: our relationship with the built environment

News of the fire at Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame cathedral was everywhere. We all saw it – a dark Parisian skyline lit up by engulfing flames as the 850-year-old cathedral blackened in the smog. Panning away from the nightmarish scene, however, was to look upon a united Parisian community, gathering together for their cherished Notre-Dame – […]

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Faces Places

“Chance has always been my best assistant”, the inimitable Agnès Varda intones towards the beginning of her newest film essay, Faces Places. Varda’s career is a gorgeous synthesis of innovative fiction films (Cléo From 5 to 7 [1961], Le Bonheur [1965], Vagabond [1984]) and even more inventive documentaries (Daguerréotypes [1975], Murs murs [1981], The Gleaners […]

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This Week in History: 16 October 1793, Marie Antoinette is Executed by Guillotine

This Monday marks the 224th anniversary of the execution of Marie Antoinette, following a two-day trial for an array of sensational charges, which included exporting treasury money to Austria, planning the massacre of the national guards and unlawfully declaring her son the new king of France. The latter charge was raised by her son Louis […]