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French Activists Say It Is ‘Indecent’ to Honor Roman Polanski

In Roman Polanski is trash and people should stop supporting him news, feminist activists in France are trying to stop a planned retrospective of his work from being showcased in a film festival starting this week.

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It’s Bastille Day! Let’s Talk About the Incredibly Badass French National Anthem

We’re singing "The Marseillaise" and you must join us.

“The Marseillaise” is a million times cooler than “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We should be so lucky if our two countries switched anthems.

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Freak Domestic Accident Kills Popular Lifestyle Blogger

Rebecca Burger, a French fitness blogger and Instagram star, died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded at her home. Her family is calling the incident "a domestic accident."

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Here It Is, the Victorian-Era Interracial Lesbian Murder Mystery Movie You’ve Always Wanted

There's a murder mystery, but neither of the LGBTQIA ladies dies. It's set in the past in exquisite period costume. It's in French. Women are in love. It's a gorgeous interracial lesbian couple in love in 1889. Neither of them dies. The end is ... happy. Hold me.

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Feminism Around the World: Alankrita Shrivastava Fights Censorship of Her Film Lipstick Under My Burkha

Award-winning filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava has been getting accolades for her feminist feature film, Lipstick Under My Burkha. It won the Spirit of Asia Award at last year's Tokyo Film Festival, the Oxfam Award for Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival, and it had its U.K. premiere last week at the Glasgow Film Festival. This film is getting love everywhere...except in Shrivastava's home country.

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Save Yourselves: Facebook Launches Initiative to Combat Fake News Ahead of French Election

As France heads into its own presidential election, Facebook and Google redouble their efforts to combat fake news.

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Justice! Soccer Fans Finally Convicted for Unbelievably Racist Harassment on Paris Train

Funny how the most horrifically racist things are so often done by the self-proclaimed least racist people you know, huh?

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Feminism Around the World: French Woman Pardoned After Having Killed Abusive Husband

One day in 2012, Jacqueline Sauvage's husband woke her from a nap by hitting her in the face, then demanding that she make him dinner. Instead, she got their hunting rifle and shot him dead. In 2014, she was charged with murder, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Yesterday, French President François Hollande pardoned Sauvage.

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Feminism Around the World: Nepali Teen Girl Found Dead Because Menstruation Is Thought “Unclean” Where She Lives

15-year-old Roshani Tiruwa's life was cut short over the weekend simply for being a female with her period.

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Feminism Around the World: Half-Indian Contestant Wins This Year’s Miss World Japan Pageant, Causing Controversy

The Miss World Japan pageant was held on Monday, and the crown was awarded to 22-year-old Priyanka Yoshikawa, an elephant trainer and amateur kickboxer from Tokyo. There was a mixed response to her coronation, however, because Yoshikawa is mixed-race. Her mother is Japanese, and her father is Indian, making her "haafu," the Japanese word used in some parts of the country to refer to those with one non-Japanese parent.

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French Court Overturns Bans on Burkinis, and It Only Took Worldwide Social Media Shame

Yesterday, in our Feminism Around the World column, we highlighted the fact that some French towns had instituted bans on burkinis on public beaches. This morning, after global attention (and public social media shaming), the French government has decided to act right and overturn those bans.

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Feminism Around the World: France “Cracks Down” On the Burkini, Profiling Female Muslim French Citizens

Because women's bodies are for public consumption. By law.

When Aheda Zanetti of Australia invented the burkini, clothing designed to allow athletic Muslim women and girls to play sports and swim while preserving their modesty, she did so to allow them greater freedom. France doesn't seem to have gotten the memo.

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Feminism Around the World: Malaysian Rapists Marry Child Brides to Escape Prosecution

There are two things that are very wrong in Malaysia right now. First, rape in a marriage is not illegal. So, once you get hitched, rape "ceases to exist." Second, adult men can legally marry children. These two things working in tandem make life as a young girl in Malaysia particularly difficult.

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The Louvre’s Glass Pyramid Hides in Plain Sight, Thanks to This Trompe-l’œil Display

The Louvre's glass pyramid, a sculpture by architect I.M. Pei, stands in the courtyard of the building for all to see ... until now, due to this trompe-l’œil art installation by a French street artist who goes by JR.

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Study Shows That Male and Female Students Hold Female Professors to Gender-Based Double Standard

A recent joint French-American study has revealed that, when it comes to student evaluations of university professors, both male and female students tend to rate male professors more highly than their female counterparts, regardless of test scores or their own actual performance in classes.

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Pass Go, Collect Real Money in Monopoly Boxes in France for the Game’s Anniversary

Well, Euros always kind of looked like Monopoly money anyway.

In France, 80 boxes of Monopoly will ship with real money in addition to the fake money needed to actually play the game. It's nice of them to still include the game money, but I don't think anyone would mind if they had to go buy a second box of Monopoly to both play the game and spend their free cash.

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Pro-Deliciousness Parents Banned From Naming Their Kid Nutella in France

Somewhere, there is a child named pretzel who will never find their soul mate.

"Nutella, by any other name... No, seriously. Could we please name this kid literally anything else?" -France, probably.

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Things We Saw Today: A New Book By Kate Beaton!!!!!

This is real life!!

Drawn & Quarterly is publishing the follow-up to Kate Beaton's wildly-successful Hark! A Vagrant! Step Aside, Pops even features our favorite sassy velocipedestrienne on the cover. (via LA Times)

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Attack on Offices of Satirical Magazine Leaves French Cartoonist Community Bereft

Many folks on this side of the Atlantic woke up this morning to news of a violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper with offices in Paris.

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MEAT CUTE: French Farmer Starts Online Dating Site for Cows

We also would have accepted "OK Moo-cud."

Where's the beef?

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