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Former Aisne Church Becomes a Kit Armstrong Concert Hall and Artistic Residence

What might inspire a young international pianist and former child prodigy to transform an abandoned church in the Aisne, northern France, into his very own concert…

Jazz That Transcends Borders Comes With the 39th Souillac Jazz Festival – 19-26 July 2014

Jazz That Transcends Borders Comes With the 39th Souillac Jazz Festival – 19-26 July 2014

The Souillac Jazz Festival which runs 19-26 July 2014 in the Lot, SW France, is an especially poignant cultural event this year —…

Festival de Cannes 2014 – Rumour Mill Begins, Paris Match Tips  Favourites

Festival de Cannes 2014 – Rumour Mill Begins, Paris Match Tips Favourites

The 67th Cannes Film Festival opens May 14 running through to May 24 with the official selection set for April 18. But for…

In Rural Banon One of France’s Biggest Bookstores Fights for Survival

In Rural Banon One of France’s Biggest Bookstores Fights for Survival

A valiant David and Goliath struggle is underway to save a bookstore in rural Alpes-de-Haute Provence from the ‘ogres of the Internet’. Here Jerry Lanson visits…

Broadway Musical Replacing French Operetta?

Broadway Musical Replacing French Operetta?

While the musical again breaks all theatre records in London’s West End, and booms away on Broadway, it is now also making unexpected…

Claudio Abbado – End of an Era

Claudio Abbado – End of an Era

For nearly 36 hours France Musique dedicated its entire output moments after his death, to one of the world’s greatest contemporary conductors —…

Want to Copy Mona Lisa? Join the Queue

Want to Copy Mona Lisa? Join the Queue

Millions line-up for hours to gawk at the Mona Lisa and other Louvre masterpieces each year, but only a few come armed with…

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

The French among many other wartime nations, have launched a national effort to collect, digitalise and preserve, images, papers and personal memorabilia from the two…

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If you’re a wine buff — and who isn’t when it comes to Romanée-Conti the world’s most exclusive demarcated wine — there is only one place to be:…

Since 2011 several high net worth Chinese investors have invested lavishly in acquiring top Bordeaux wine chateaux. But now that China’s National Audit Office has launched an in-depth investigation, trouble may lie ahead.…

A French prosecutor in Versailles has launched an investigation into the Church of Scientology over allegations of “bullying” and “abuse of weakness” following a complaint filed in June by…

France’s famous annual Festival at Avignon, now in its 1oth day of this season, continues to be dogged by intermittent strikes and other protest actions by performers, technicians and other…

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In the last year of his life and while committed to the Le Monastere Saint Paul de Mausole asylum in Provence, Vincent Van Gogh painted one of his…

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The Napoleonic Elephant and the Tuscan Horse

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But for Spanish insurgents, Place de la Bastille — today the site of an Opera house  – would have been graced with a vast bronze Napoleonic Elephant, notes…

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As Growth Stagnates Front National Leader Calls for Referendum on Exiting EU and Euro

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The Front National, rating the ruling French Socialists at ‘zero’ on their disastrous economic record, are…

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Meet “When it becomes serious, you have to lie”  Juncker, Europe’s New Commission President

Meet “When it becomes serious, you have to lie” Juncker, Europe’s New Commission President

European federalist Jean-Claude Juncker is committed to further expanding the power of the European Union. His…

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A Skeleton in the (Bastille Day) Cupboard or the Fanciful Liberation of the ‘Comte de Lorges’

Liberté, egalité, fraternité – the famous clarion calls of the French Revolution will soon be reverberating proudly around the hexagon as France prepares to celebrate La…