On Écoute: Yael Naïm

Singer, songwriter, citizen of the world... Born in Paris to Tunisian parents and raised in Israel, Naïm considers herself a citizen of the world. She returned to Paris at age 21 where she began composing...

10 Surprising Anglophones Who Speak French

Parlez-vous français? (“do you speak French?”) For most of us the answer is non, but there are more people who have mastered the language than you might expect. Let’s look at a few. Queen Elizabeth...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Paul Bert in the 11th Arrondissement

From the epicentre of the Revolution to a centre for epicurean revolution, this lively Parisian street has just one thing on the menu: quality. Jeffrey T Iverson stops by for a taste... When you ascend...

Book Review: Dior in Bloom

This breath-takingly beautiful book, put together by Justine Picardie, the former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, is a must for anyone who loves Christian Dior, flowers or fashion in general: it...

French Cinema: Profile of Actress and Director Fanny Ardant

One of France’s leading ladies and sometime muse to François Truffaut, the legendary actress and director has a new César award on her mantelpiece She was François Truffaut’s muse, has made over 80 films in...

France’s Breathtaking Bell Towers

There are 23 UNESCO-listed belfries in L’Hexagone, renowned for their architecture and history. Here are four of our favourites. BOULOGNE-SUR-MER Even on a rainy day, the view from Boulogne-sur-Mer’s belfry is a striking sea of red...

Château de Valençay: The Most Picturesque Park and Princely Palace

The French novelist George Sand noted that “no king has owned a more picturesque park.” While no king owned Château de Valençay, one of its famous owners was indeed a prince. Situated on 53 hectares...

French Film Review: Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

It’s one of the most successful French movies of all time and so it follows that there are probably very few of us who haven’t already seen Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, but it’s...

What to See and Do in Vaucluse

From arts to architecture and food to music, there is something for everyone in this stunning département Related article: Vaucluse, The Beating Heart of Provence APT La Maison du Fruit Confit See how this deeply-Provençal delicacy, a favourite...

Retail Therapy: Season’s Feastings

Make it a Yuletide to remember with these delectable festive treats CROWNING GLORY This glossy iced couronne is certainly one way to ring in the New Year! €72 for 10 people. www.laglacerie.fr SUGAR AND SPICE Bringing to the...