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...

On Écoute: Syd Matters

Mellow tunes for daydreamers Perhaps it's the pandemic dreaming, reminiscing about better memories and simpler seasons, when drowsy, summer evenings were easy and carefree. Something in the air these days is warping us straight back...

Travel Notes: Top 3 Stained Glass Windows in France

Head to some of France’s most amazing churches for a multi-coloured glass eyeful to remember... SAINTE-CHAPELLE, PARIS If you haven't seen this jewel box of a chapel, you haven't lived. Built by Saint Louis in the...

In the Footsteps of Josephine Baker

With her pet cheetah and banana dance, controversial cabaret performer Josephine Baker won Parisian hearts – and in exchange, when war came, she was ready to risk her life. Chloe Govan reveals all about...