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Apr 1, 2018 - Apr 1, 2019

From the scrawls carved by Nazi soldiers on the eaves of Vincennes to the initials chipped by shipwrecked sailors into La Rochelle’s mighty towers, graffiti is part of the very fabric of France’s monuments. And from April, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux will turn the spotlight on these scribbled mementos, offering an alternative history of the nation’s landmarks and an insight into the lives of the ‘vandals’ who altered them. The Château de Vincennes will lead the charge, charting its…

220th anniversay of Balzac’s birth

May 1 - May 20

The 220th anniversary of Balzac’s birth leads his hometown of Tours to give the prolific wordsmith a big party (his Comedié Humaine series counts 91 novels penned in less than 20 years!). It is a year of non-stop celebrations, all culminating in a bumper birthday weekend in May alongside a reveal of a commemorative art installation.

Loire Valley – 500th Anniversary of the Renaissance

May 25 - September 1

As the Loire prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance, Gillian Thornton fi nds out what's in store

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