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...

Augustin Trébuchon: The Last French Soldier to Fall in the First World War

As centenary commemorations for the First World War draw to a close, Gillian Thornton discovers the story of the last French soldier to die Over the past four years I’ve seen an awful lot of...

Read the Signs: Rue Marie-Stuart in Paris

How a street lost its ribald name (perhaps...) According to the story... One day Mary Queen of Scots asked an innocent question. Following her all-too-brief marriage to Francis II, the Dauphin of France, the teenage...

Le Dernier Mot: Naked Ambition

A visit to a nudist’s paradise is no big deal – right? Kristin Espinasse reveals all... While renovating our home in La Ciotat, my husband and I decided to escape the dusty chaos by heading...

Book Reviews: Paris Postcards by Guy Thomas Hibbert

Your eyes don’t deceive you: our fearless leader, France Today editor-in-chief Guy (Thomas) Hibbert, has gone and penned his very first short story collection, Paris Postcards. So that’s what the out-of-office was all about......

Behind the Vines in Champagne: Voices of the Vignerons

There are many advantages to living in the only part of the world where real champagne is made. One of them is that the champagne here is abundant, of excellent quality, and moderately priced....

Take a French immersion course with Millefeuille Provence

Are you looking for a very special French immersion course? Venez parler français avec nous! At Millefeuille Provence, you will enjoy practising French all day long with our teachers and every evening with guests to...

Rue des Ursins: An Overlay of New and Old on Ile de la Cité,...

This Ile de la Cité street is Paris old and Paris new, all jammed into a rue 113 meters long and four meters wide. Two blocks away from Notre Dame, Rue des Ursins is...

Home Free: Voltaire’s Chateau at Ferney has Reopened its Doors

In these days of political correctness gone mad and outright intolerance, the reopening of Voltaire’s ‘bastion of free speech’ hasn’t come a moment too soon. Following a three-year €9m renovation, the philosopher and all-round...

Ernest Lavisse: A Little Book Makes a Big Comeback

It arrived in a bundle of second-hand books intended for a fund-raising sale - "it" being the Histoire de France: cours moyen by one Ernest Lavisse (18th edition, 1921). Worn round the edges, as might...