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After 250 Years Will A Brussels Digital Challenger Destroy French Sheet Music Publishers?

Like their Italian and German counterparts’ centuries-old French musical publishers are being forced to learn digital survival tactics in an age where orchestral…

Across France: Viva l’Opéra  2014/ 2015 Season Now Live in Cinemas Near You

Across France: Viva l’Opéra 2014/ 2015 Season Now Live in Cinemas Near You

Mozart’s Magic Flute from the Bregenz Festival in Austria will be the opera highlight of the Christmas Holidays, screening on 4th and 11th December…

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

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 —…

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Life on the margins in the Paris of a 100 years ago was, for many, a daily street-lived challenge: shoelace sellers, ice cream vendors, ambulatory lampshade salesmen clogged the capital’s…

Should the price of French Basque Espelette peppers and their dried dark-red derivatives go through the roof this year, blame the summer rain.  For as prizewinning growers Maritxu…

For nearly a century the wool industry flourished in the Ardèche, south-west France, but by the 1950s it had collapsed and except for visionary architect and his wife it may…

Becoming self-sufficient in these troubled times is a laudable aspiration – and a dream for many burying themselves in rural France — but reality kicks-in when it becomes…

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Mimosa, French perfume-makers’ secret ingredient (via AFP) Like miniature pompoms bursting with colour and fragrance, mimosa flowers turn the hills around France’s perfume capital, Grasse, a golden yellow…

Do Love Locks Tarnish Paris? Vote

Love Locks are either a romantic passion worthy of Paris or an aesthetic eyesore offending good taste. Now readers can have a say on the issue. Tell the…

Saint Remy – The Footsteps of Van Gogh

Saint Remy – The Footsteps of Van Gogh

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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Who eats most caviar in France’s 96 mainland départements and where do they consume the least amount of nougat? These and dozens of other food and beverage quirks…

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Twinned with Rotherham Does France’s Saint-Quentin Face an Image Issue?

For the past three weeks the name of Saint-Quentin, a small French town in the Somme,…

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Marine le Pen: Any French Jihadi Returning from the Daech Should be Jailed for Life

Marine le Pen: Any French Jihadi Returning from the Daech Should be Jailed for Life

Marine le Pen, leader of the Front National claims the phenomenon of France-based extremists headed for…

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Is France’s JCDecaux Facing a Growing Global Revolt Over ‘Intrusive’ Urban Billboards?

Is France’s JCDecaux Facing a Growing Global Revolt Over ‘Intrusive’ Urban Billboards?

The Green Mayor of Grenoble has rocked Europe’s multi-million euro advertising industry with his decision this week, to remove billboards…

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Coco Chanel, Fragonard, Grasse: Unmissable Stops on the Great French Luxury Tour

Coco Chanel, Fragonard, Grasse: Unmissable Stops on the Great French Luxury Tour

In 1921 when she set out to create the eponymous Chanel No 5 , Coco Chanel,…