France

Rance Tidal Power Plant

The world’s first and largest tidal power generation facility is located on the Rance River in north-western France. The estuary of the Rance River sees tides averaging 8 metres between low and high tide, and up to 13.5 metres in…

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Wednesday, 9th December 2009

Saint Pierre & Miquelon (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. The last remaining fragments of the formerly immense French Empire in North America are the islands which make up the Territorial…

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Wednesday, 30th September 2009

AZF Explosion

8 years ago today, on 21 September 2001, a huge explosion occurred in the AZF (AZote Fertilisant – nitrogen fertiliser) factory in Toulouse, France. Three hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrates blew up, creating a 200 m wide crater up to…

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Monday, 21st September 2009

A Trio of Tripoints

A tripoint is a geographical location where three borders meet – most notably those of different countries, but also (to a lesser extent) counties, states, provinces, etc. While many of the world’s 157 national tripoints are located in the middle…

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Wednesday, 12th August 2009

Bastille Day

Today, the fourteenth of July, is the French national holiday that is known in English as Bastille day. The Bastille, a Parisian prison, was stormed on this day in 1789. Along with the Tennis Court Oath, it was the successful…

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Tuesday, 14th July 2009

The White Men of Jerome Mesnager

Jerome Mesnager is a French artist who made his name during the 80s with a spree of stencil art featuring a distinctive “white man” resembling an artist’s mannequin. Although most of his pieces were removed within weeks or days, his…

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Friday, 26th June 2009

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London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (Part 2)

Continuing our tour of Olympic venues, we today move away from the Olympic Zone, to two other areas of London:…

London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (Part 1)

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