Dedicated to Women, Fraternité & the Rebirth of a City: The Nice Jazz Festival

“The French are the most sophisticated listeners of jazz I’ve seen,” says legendary jazz bassist, Christian McBride, when asked what distinguished French audiences. “Remember that the first jazz festival in the world was in...

French Film Reviews: La Fille de Brest, Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

The latest in director Emmanuelle Bercot’s relentless crusade against social injustice, La Fille de Brest takes on the story of real-life whistleblower Dr Irène Frachon, who single-handedly fought a corrupt system to withdraw the harmful Mediator drug from...

Review: The Midwife, Starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot

France Today reviews Martin Provost's new drama The Midwife, starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot   Claire (Catherine Frot) is a talented but tightly-wound midwife and reclusive single mother on the cusp of losing her job as...

San Francisco Celebrated the Original Bastille Day, and Kicked It Up in 2017

It wasn’t until 1880 that France officially chose July 14 as a national holiday to honour the French Republic. That was 91 years after Parisians stormed Bastille Prison, a turning point in the French...

French Cinema: Profile of Award-winning Actress Sara Forestier

Plucked from anonymity by director Abdellatif Kechiche to play a hot-headed teen rapping the words of Marivaux in L’esquive, at barely 18 Forestier’s gall and outsize personality instantly singled her out as one to watch. She went...

Let the Games Begin! Nice Jazz Festival Kicks Off With a Free Concert of...

So fitting to start the Nice Jazz Festival with a tribute to the music that gave us jazz and the blues, the music of the African-American churches in the time of slavery, music of hope and...

The Towns of the Drôme Provençale

The Drôme Provençale’s extraordinary wealth is in its authentic, unspoiled natural beauty, from breathtaking peaks, rivers and gorges to gentle, rolling countryside, all interspersed with charming villages. This is a place to relax, sample the local...

Fromages: The Best French Cheeses Delivered to Your Doorstep

Fromages.com offer an immediate delivery of their cheese selection (except for Africa and Asia - 48 hours). The cheeses will be on your doorstep within 24 hours from the date of your order. If you...

Le Dernier Mot: Aching Bones and Sagging French

When my husband’s pal, Nicolas, invited us to une crémaillère to celebrate his move back to Marseille, I expected to see friends I’ve known for decades. But I never imagined that I’d have difficulty understanding them! What happened to...

Travel in France: 10 Reasons to Visit Brittany

With miles of unspoilt coastline, picturesque cities and the world’s largest megalithic rock site, Brittany is one of the most versatile provinces of France. And the food’s not bad either… CULTURE A GOGO Rennes boasts a glorious mix...