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Photo: Vive le grand hamster

The European Union’s highest court intervened Thursday on behalf of a 10-inch French furball. The EU Court of Justice warned France that it would face huge fines if it failed to take steps to save the Great Hamsters of Alsace, whose numbers have dwindled to only a few hundred.


Photo: Veiled protest

A French Muslim housewife protests the ban of full-face veils that came into force today.


Photo: Red lights of the Belle Époque

On this day, the Moulin Rouge opened in Paris.


Policing fashion in France and Saudi Arabia

An American who grew up in Saudi Arabia questions France’s plan to ban the burqa.


An illustrated guide to Islamic veils

An overview of different Muslim veil styles, from the hijab head scarf to the full-body burqa.

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