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Discord within network promoting French culture around the world

France

The Alliance Française was set up more than 130 years ago to promote French language and culture and is one of France's flagship ambassadors overseas. But today this lofty cultural organisation is embroiled in conflict with a number of senior executives around the world rising up against their boss in Paris, Jérôme Clément. They say he is authoritarian, lacks vision and that under him management is “amateurish”. He says parts of the network are still stuck in the 19th century and insists he has the government's full backing for his planned changes. Fabien Cazeaux reports.

French government decides to use Arabic word 'Daesh' instead of IS

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French ambassador accuses foreign ministry of abject racism and resigns

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Zaïr Kédadouche, France's man in Andorra, writes to President Hollande that he 'met the most abject racism' in elite diplomatic service.