O Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?

With their rich history and traditions, the mission of the confréries is to celebrate the passionate producers of ingredients and dishes all around the Hexagon. Justin Postlethwaite reports One Saturday morning in high summer a...
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Book Review: Musée Picasso Paris by Anne Baldassari

Anne Baldassari, former President of the Musée Picasso Paris, presents this comprehensive volume covering all aspects of Picasso’s artistic career, from self-portraits to sculpture to photography, as well as an extensive chronology of his...
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Who Are the 10 Greatest French People of All Time?

It’s a question that’s impossible to answer. How do you define greatness? How do you compare a king to a scientist to a philosopher? This hasn’t stopped people from trying. In 2005, a French television...

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,...

Read the Signs: Rue de la Lune in Paris

A lovely flânerie along a charming Parisian street This little street carries one of the most romantic names of any street in Paris. Rue de la Lune in the second arrondissement runs from boulevard de...

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...

Normandy Travel: 10 Reasons to Visit La Baie du Cotentin

La Baie du Cotentin, at the heart of the Cotentin Marshes Regional Natural Park in La Manche, is a land brimming with abundant nature and history, and most famously it was home to the...

In the Footsteps of Gentleman Thief Arsène Lupin

This quiet Normandy seaside town once played host to a Belle-Époque burglar and a wily young detective. Chloe Govan introduces us to France’s answer to Sherlock Holmes... It’s the land that time forgot. Étretat, all...

The Art of Survival: The Transformation of Montmartre

Chloe Govan reveals how the poverty-stricken and persecuted in France’s past found the silver lining in their suffering, transforming it into what would one day become a world-famous art legacy Bang! The hammer crashes down...