Flash-mob livens up anti-pension reform march in Bordeaux | AFP

In Bordeaux, a flash-mob of teachers perform the popular French 80s pop song “A cause des garçons” with the words changed to “A cause de Macron”(because of Macron)during a protest against pension reform. IMAGES

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Bordeaux teachers dress up as ‘Rosie the riveter’ for pension protests | AFP

Demonstrators in work overalls, red polka-dot scarves and household gloves emulate “Rosie the Riveter” as they dance and sing in the streets of Bordeaux during a demonstration against pension reform. IMAGES

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Bordeaux lawyers sing pop hit parody to protest pension reform | AFP

Lawyers gather on the steps of the Judicial Court in Bordeaux to sing “Balance ta robe” (ed: move your robe), a parody of a song by Belgian singer Angèle, which has become a classic in the repertoire of lawyers angry against pension reform. IMAGES

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French museum has ‘probably’ found remains of philosopher Montaigne | AFP

A French museum has said that a tomb opened this week in an unprecedented operation “probably” contains the remains of the great 16th-century philosopher Michel de Montaigne, but that further tests are needed to be sure. The Musee d’Aquitaine in the southwestern city of Bordeaux extracted the tomb from a basement of the museum, which occupies the premises of a convent where Montaigne, famed for his lofty but highly readable “Essays”, was buried.

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“Probable” remains of French philosopher Montaigne uncovered in Bordeaux | AFP

Scientists in Bordeaux say they have found the “probable” remains of famous French philosopher Michel de Montaigne after uncovering a coffin with the name MONTAIGNE etched on to its side. They have suspected the remains were his for the past year but will count on upcoming “further analyses” to prove the theory. IMAGES

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Hundreds rally in Bordeaux to protest against climate change | AFP

Hundreds of people rally in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux to protest against climate change, the day after children skipped school in a global strike for the environment. IMAGES

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Vinexpo: Chinese liquor Baiju targets European market

Turkey and Vietnam are represented for the first time at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. The world wine and spirits exhibition welcomes a total of 1,600 exhibitors from some 30 countries. Among them, China, which is trying to convert Europe to Baiju, the alcohol most consumed by the Chinese.

Bordeaux unveils rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing

The French city of Bordeaux unveils a rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing, specially created to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia as a “symbol in the fight against discrimination”. It is part of a series of initiatives by city authorities to promote awareness of the discrimination suffered daily by the LGBTQ community. A recent study of greater Bordeaux revealed that 83% of the community claimed to have suffered discrimination or aggression in the past 12 months.

RAW: Toulouse police fires tear gas at Yellow Vest protesters

Sporadic clashes with police marred Yellow Vests protests in Toulouse, the city chosen as the ‘capital’ of this week’s anti-government marches in France. Act 22 is the first since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect.

This Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive week of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement as France once again saw anti-government protests, which were held in cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg. In the French capital of Paris alone, some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry.

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Fuel protests continue in France: ‘Yellow vests’ set toll booths on fire

The ‘yellow vests’ protests against fuel prices in France continued as demonstrators set alight toll booths on the A10 Highway in Virsac, close to Bordeaux, on Tuesday night. Toll booths, gates and lights were heavily damaged during Tuesday’s action, with the A10 currently blocked.

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Tall-ship gathering for 20th wine festival in Bordeaux

To mark its 20th wine festival, the French southwestern town of Bordeaux welcomes tall ships from around the world, including Hermione, Kruzenshtern, Belem, and Galion, along with a number of racing ships which have just completed the tall ship regatta after sailing from Dublin.