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Feminism

Maria Spiridonova and Juana Maria, two intrepid women

As part of a special issue of Causette on intrepid women, I wrote the portrait of two of them: Maria Spiridonova and Juana Maria. The first was a renowned Russian revolutionary at the beginning of the 20th century, the second was better known as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island” for being the last […]

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Sport

Refugies transform the trial

In Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, a new kind of rugby club was created in 2019. On the initiative of Benoît Lamigou, an oval ball enthusiast, the club is open to refugees from the Nantes region. Through the prism of this collective and friendly sport, newcomers to France find a way to integrate and forge valuable social ties. Cover […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

In Brittany, the jackdaw attracts the wrath of farmers

Every year in western Brittany, there are more and more jackdaws. This small opportunistic corvid with a grey back takes advantage of the region’s abundant resources, particularly corn, to feast on. Its happiness does not match that of the farmers, who have designated it as an enemy to be killed. Its proliferation, however, is intimately […]

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Sexualité

A new quarantine sexual life

If, for some, the quarantine spent far from sexual partners initially created frustration, time has given way to discovery and a new form of eroticism. Let’s look back at these new experiences and what they can change at the time of the end of quarantine. Cover picture: Unsplash.

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Agriculture Biodiversity

It doesn’t make the birds laugh

This is the 2018 figure: 33% of birds would have disappeared from agricultural areas in France in fifteen years. This is an alarming observation that professional and amateur ornithologists like to explore in greater depth each year during the sessions of the Temporal Monitoring of Common Birds (STOC) programme. Cover picture: Vincent Leloup.

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Feminism

Since the lockdown, some men have discovered grocery shopping

“My father, who never goes there, has gone shopping for fear of a shortage. He came back with a whole ham and two pounds of cheese! “The confinement allowed some men to discover the big supermarkets. This does not mean that the equal sharing of household chores has been won. Cover picture: Unsplash.

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Unique project

The show is as simple as a phone call.

Lionel Epaillard, an actor in the Breton company Les Arts Paisibles, didn’t want to hang up during the lockdown. He decided to offer mini-shows over the phone. Cover picture: Catherine Dartevelle.

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Family Youth

During lockdown, it’s hard not to see your kids.

The containment decreed after the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic does not allow all separated parents to see their children. Whether the decision was deliberate or forced, this unprecedented separation is not easy to live with. In the light of psychologist Mary Gohin. Cover picture: Carolyn Attwood on Unsplash.

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Feminism

Jeanne Devidal, the “Lady of Saint-Lunaire”

She marked the small Breton seaside resort of Saint-Lunaire: Jeanne Dedival. Nicknamed the “madwoman” by the tourists, the one who was also called the “Lady of Saint-Lunaire” had undertaken the construction of an unusual house, made of objects found just about everywhere, in the manner of artist Facteur Cheval. Her whimsical residence had finally acquired […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity Employment

Bees give wings to refugees

Since 2016, the Ile-de-France-based association Espero has been working to promote the professional integration of refugees through urban agriculture. And one of the flagship areas it promotes is beekeeping. Ibrahim Karout, of Syrian origin, passes on his know-how on bees to new arrivals in France to help them find work. The association has set up […]