Nohant, Indre: Frédéric Chopin and George Sand

The bicentenary of Chopin's birth is being celebrated with great ceremony all over the world this year.

Life in Les Halles: Emile Zola’s The Belly of Paris

A brilliant new translation of Zola's fascinating portrait of the market in Les Halles during its heyday.

Lyon Confluence

When it's completed, Lyon's Confluence project will double the size of the historic center of France's second city—a feat that would be well nigh impossible anywhere else, geographically or logistically. This month the project's...

Driving into the Rough

Politicians know that in the end, the cheering always stops.

Muddy Waters

Politics makes bitter enemies more often than strange bedfellows, and the relationship between France's president and its former prime minister is bitter indeed.

After Marie Antoinette

From the children of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette to the pretenders to the French throne today, a look at the fate of the French monarchy


France Today takes a tour around this department Before deploying adjectives and gushing superlatives to evoke the many-splendoured appeal of La Manche – the hunk of land that sticks out of Lower Normandy towards Britain like...

Arles: The Ancient Roman City

Arles is an historical and magical city. Bordered by the Rhône, la Camargue, les Alpilles and la Crau, it seems like an island. Arles is home to numerous ancient Roman and Latin monuments listed...

Les Baux de Provence: 22 Historical Monuments

A must-see village in the heart of the Alpilles While Les Baux de Provence is more of a tourist site rather than an active village - there are only 500 inhabitants - it still remains...

Lozere – Languedoc-Roussillon’s secret department

Discover a land of endless beauty where the great outdoors is king! To say that the Lozere department in the northern Languedoc Roussillon has been largely overlooked by English speaking tourists would be something of...