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Lingerie adapts to real French women's bodies

Lingerie adapts to real French women's bodies
 
RFI/Alison Hird

The French are Europe’s biggest consumers of lingerie, and the latest trend is a return to curves, inspired by 1950’s pin-up corsets and cone bras. This is an acknowledgement that women’s bodies have changed over the last 30 years: the majority now sizing 40 and 42. What’s more, the biggest spenders are middle-aged women, who want more support, but refuse to skimp on sensuality. We head to this year's International Lingerie Trade Fair in Paris to see what's on offer for the fuller figure, and speak to lingerie professionals about why what you don't see matters as much as what you do.

  • The bawdy joy of Georges Brassens

    The bawdy joy of Georges Brassens

    George Brassens, the French pipe-smoking poet-singer, died 30 years ago. Paris's Cité de la musique celebrates both the music and the free-thinking man in a big, joyful, …

  • Poets in France herald in the spring

    Poets in France herald in the spring

    For the 13th year, the nationwide Printemps des poètes (Springtime of the poets) festival is a daily reminder that while you can live without poetry, life is a whole …

  • Finding angels on France's problem estates

    Finding angels on France's problem estates

    An artist from Texas is helping one of France’s most stigmatised housing estates to revamp its image thanks to innovative art projects, which introduce teenagers to flesh-eating …

  • Serge Gainsbourg 20 years on

    Serge Gainsbourg 20 years on

    France this week celebrates the 20th anniversary of the death of Serge Gainsbourg, one of the major French music personalities of the 20th century. Alison Hird looks …

  • The campaign for surrogate motherhood in France

    The campaign for surrogate motherhood in France

    Gestational surrogacy, where a woman carries and gives birth to another woman's baby, is forbidden in France. Yet every year some 300 infertile couples turn to surrogate …

  • Classic cars on show at Rétromobile

    Classic cars on show at Rétromobile

    The annual classic car fair in Paris, Rétromobile, is now in its 36th year. Among the 400 vehicles on show, are the Mazda which won the Le Mans 24 hour race, 11 Aston …

  • In France they shoot school kids, don’t they?

    In France they shoot school kids, don’t they?

    In the heated, ongoing debate about what’s wrong with France’s education system, little mention is made of what happens in the classroom itself. A British academic says …

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