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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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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…

 El Desperados is what a young Barcelona entrepreneur calls his clients, the dozens of desperate French job seekers needing a driving license and unable to wait the many…

For budding concert pianists or wannabe jazz musicians 50 street pianos decorated by artists at a live public workshop, will shortly hit the streets of Paris ahead of the…

When Stanislas Baudry built a steam bathhouse a long walk out of Nantes few came, so he set up a shuttle that turned into the world’s first public omnibus service. Toronto writer Philippa Campsie found…

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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…

Play it Again Sam … at French Train Stations

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The success of hardline conservative anti-EU parties in the recent European parliamentary elections may have shocked…

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

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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…