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Unlocking the secrets of evolution

Unlocking the secrets of evolution
 
Yves Coppens Gerbil/Wikimedia

French paleoanthropologist Yves Coppens, who jointly headed a team that found Lucy, a 3.2 million year old prehuman, in Ethiopia in 1974, has just published a book, The present of the past, in France. Now 75-years-old and a household name in France, he still devotes much of his time to trying to unravel the mysteries of human evolution.
 

  • Celebrating laughter, the best medecine

    Celebrating laughter, the best medecine

    Le Rire Médecin this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. American Caroline Simonds founded the French association after learning about hospital clowns in the United …

  • Succeeding in a man's world as a Michelin-starred chef

    Succeeding in a man's world as a Michelin-starred chef

    Hélène Darroze has succeeded in a man's world. While women still do much of the cooking at home in France, few become award-winning chefs. Hélène Darroze is one rare …

  • Janet Nkubana puts genocide survivors back in business

    Janet Nkubana puts genocide survivors back in business

    Janet Nkubana grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda. She only went to live in her parents' native country, Rwanda, after the genocide, in 2004. Shocked by the suffering …

  • Potter Edmund de Waal on an inspiring legacy

    Potter Edmund de Waal on an inspiring legacy

    Edmund de Waal is one of the world's best-known contemporary potters. His works sell for up to 60,000 euros apiece. But now he's won acclaim for something quite different: …

  • Shoah director Lanzmann looks at a rich life

    Shoah director Lanzmann looks at a rich life

    Claude Lanzmann has had a remarkable life: a Jew in occupied France during WWII, he joined the resistance as a teenager. After the war he wrote for leading newspapers …

  • Oceans producer Perrin tells of his passion for film

    Oceans producer Perrin tells of his passion for film

    Oceans was one of the most successful French films abroad in 2010. The documentary, which captures extraordinary images of our underwater world, was produced and co-directed …

  • Tears gone by as Marianne Faithfull tours again

    Tears gone by as Marianne Faithfull tours again

    Marianne Faithfull was only 17 when her hit As Tears Go By won her international fame. She became a household name as a singer and also stage and screen actress. But …

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