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Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say. Yoan Valat/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Nigel Richards, seen here at a Scrabble tournament last winter, won the French-language Scrabble championships Monday. He began studying the French Scrabble dictionary in May. Yui Mok/PA Photos /Landov hide caption

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Winner Of French Scrabble Title Does Not Speak French

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A diagram released by the city of Paris shows how cyclists will be able to pass through intersections during red lights. In some cases, they can turn right; in others, they can go straight through. City of Paris hide caption

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A student attends a course on religion at a middle school in Metz, in eastern France, on June 5. French schools teach basics, like the history of religion, but discourage any displays of religious identity. Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

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Re-enactors prepare to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on Friday. Some 5,000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons are taking part over two days. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

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Newlyweds resting on the Pont des Arts in Paris last year. Any hope that the love locks that cling to the famous span over the Seine would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council, who plan to dismantle them Monday. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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Striking French teachers hold a German flag as they take part in a nationwide protest against new measures aimed at revamping the country's school system, in Marseille, France, on May 19. France's 840,000 teachers are largely opposed to the reform, their unions say, fearing it will increase competition between schools and exacerbate inequalities. Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

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NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley with her husband, Ulysse Gosset, and son, Maxime, on a ski vacation in the Alps in February. When she first moved to France, Beardsley enjoyed the frequent holidays. But combined with many school breaks, she and other working parents often find it becomes a burden. Courtesy of Eleanor Beardsley hide caption

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