Ladies First: Interview with Filmmaker Tonie Marshall

Firebrand filmmaker Tonie Marshall’s feminist drama Number One is causing quite the stir – not least because of its measured depiction of women in power. France’s first (and only) award-winning female director tells Marion...

Enjoying the High Life on the Northern Coast

Dominic Bliss explores France’s northern coast, a glorious region of rolling coastal cliffs and vast sandy beaches, awash with history and gastronomy There are still dead bodies deep beneath the beach at Zuydcoote. When the...

Standing Before a King: Vauban’s Legacy in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Ten years since the legacy of France’s greatest military engineer was recognised by UNESCO, Sue Smith travels to Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to see the mark Vauban left on his homeland "Burgundy?” said my friends, eyes wide like...

Book Reviews: Le Selfie Gascon by Perry Taylor

Poking good-natured fun at his adopted Gascony is a force of habit for cartoonist Perry Taylor. “It’s a British trait,” he laughs. “I like to look at a situation from different angles, to find...

Recipes from The Cook’s Atelier in Beaune, Burgundy

The mother-daughter team behind The Cook’s Atelier, Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini, share some tasty treats from their French cooking school-- located in Beaune in the heart of Burgundy. These lovely recipes are...

Remembering Oradour-sur-Glane

As Remembrance Day approaches (November 11), we are reminded of the horrors of war and of the soldiers who have given their service and often their life in the name of freedom. The day...

Delicious Dordogne: The Gourmet Book Fair in Périgueux

It’s not only truffles, foie gras and walnuts that are famous in Périgord! Every two years, the Périgueux Salon du Livre Gourmand, in the Dordogne region, pays a mouthwatering tribute to literature and gastronomy -...

Parisian Walkways: Cour du Commerce Saint-André in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

This oasis of calm off the boulevard Saint-Germain hasn’t always been so refined and urbane. Jeffrey T Iverson discovers the dark past of a truly historic Parisian passageway... Generally speaking, the old business maxim of...

Happy Halloween: French Language & Etiquette

C’est Halloween! And Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com is getting ready to celebrate, starting with a spot of pumpkin carving with the kids FRANÇOISE: On va commencer par creuser les citrouilles! Toi, Romain tu dessines les...

Book Reviews: Travels through the French Riviera

Behind this precious cloth-bound cover lies what has to be the loveliest (hybrid) travelogue we’ve come across in quite some time. Midway between a watercolourist’s sketchbook and insider’s guide, Virginia Johnson’s Travels Through the French...