Summer in France: On the Jazz Trail from Paris to the Côte d’Azur

There are so many reasons to visit France in July and August, not the least of which would be to attend one or more of the world-class jazz festivals in Paris and on the...

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 –...

Discover the Limousin, France’s Rural Heart

If you really want to get off the beaten track in France, head for the rural and little-populated region of Limousin, suggests Dominc Bliss. Discover medieval hilltop villages, imposing châteaux and swathes of stunning scenery... Back in the old...

The Fête du Citron: The 2019 Lemon Festival in Menton

When life gives you lemons... ...why, stack them up into a jumbo replica of the Taj Mahal, of course. That's Menton's MO anyway. It's fair to say last year's Bollywood-themed Fête du Citron reached brave new...

City Breaks in France: Nîmes

With the city on the brink of UNESCO World Heritage status, Guy Hibbert suggests you get there early to beat the crowds... When the Romans conquered Gaul it was the well-known source of spring water...

On Écoute: Jeanne Added

Between her ’80s-style synth, English lyrics and peroxide-blonde crop, Jeanne Added stands out from the crowd...which is exactly why she was named Female Artist of 2019. Every year since 1985, the Victoires de la Musique...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...

The Best of the New in Paris

Paris is a city in constant flux, says Jennifer Ladonne. There are new shops, restaurants and bars opening all the time, not to mention concert halls, museums and art galleries... Whether you’re a regular visitor...
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Focus on French Cinema: The Hot Virtual Film Festival

A year ago, the Alliance Française of Greenwich, Connecticut, had to cancel its annual French film festival. The March timing of the U.S. shutdown for the pandemic made it impossible to switch from the...

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...