On Écoute: Francis Cabrel

We explore the career of the Agen-born singer-songwriter Francis Cabrel, a guitar-playing troubadour whose sensitive lyrics and catchy melodies make him utterly beloved in France. His popularity is such that one of his albums –...
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Explore the Bayeux Tapestry Online

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the great treasures of France. Recognised by UNESCO, this monumental work illustrates the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Not only does the...

French Film Review: Slalom, Directed by Charlène Favier

Charlène Favier’s debut feature is a stark and uncompromising examination of sexual abuse set against the backdrop of the French Alps. Fifteen-year-old Lyz Lopez (Noée Abita) is a promising skiing star who attends a...

50 Years in Fashion: An Interview with Jean Paul Gaultier

As his legendary catwalk career comes to a close, Jean Paul Gaultier – one of France’s finest, not to mention freakiest, designers – shares with Chloe Govan the highlights of his five decades in...

French Culture: Etiquette Tips for Travellers

We look at the minefield of manners and social mores l’Apéro The French apéritif, or apéro for short, is one of the very building blocks of French social life, an important signal of the end...

Alliance Française in the US Finds Success in Online Learning

When schooling changed to online for most of the world due to strategies to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the Alliance Française chapters did the same with their French language classes and events. The result...

Travel Notes: Reel Around the Fountain

Love the sound of trickling water on your French break? Check out these noteworthy fancy fountains ROTONDE, AIX Built in 1860, the Fontaine de la Rotonde features three sculptures representing justice, agriculture and the fine arts,...

Teen Competition Joins France’s Sustainable Fashion Efforts

As the fashion capital of the world, France has long been known for its clothing and designer styles. But instead of just focusing on couture, France has shifted its focus to sustainable fashion, hoping...

Winston Churchill’s Brush with the Riviera

Renowned as the man who led Britain to victory in the Second World War, Winston Churchill found solace and joy in his painting expeditions to the French Riviera, as Paul Rafferty discovers August 1948, Aix-en-Provence,...

Watch Now: Virtual Cinema Programme with COLCOA French Film Festival

COLCOA French Film Festival, ranked among the top three film festivals in Los Angeles, and the most comprehensive annual French cultural event in the United States, has just launched its Virtual Cinema Programme. The...