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Temperatures in parts of Russia are still below freezing but this week, the country is celebrating the start of spring, with the traditional folk festival of Maslenitsa. The seven-day holiday is one of the country's best loved festivals, ending with the burning of a straw scarecrow as a symbol of sweeping away grudges. As Lucy Taylor reports, it is a week when you can be sure of being well-fed.
France has been gripped by rolling protests in recent months. Not just by the so-called "gilets jaunes" or yellow vests, who demand economic justice, but also by citizens calling on the French government to step up the fight against climate change. French climate protestors are fed up with inaction on the part of their government, and they are taking to the streets to show it.
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According to a recent poll in France, one in two of the country's mayors are dissatisfied with their job and considering standing down at the next municipal elections in eighteen months' time. Given that France has a rather astonishing 35,000 mayors, this is a large-scale problem. Our correspondent John Laurenson sent us this postcard from the village of Hermeray, with his thoughts on the matter.