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Les Heritiers An Overlooked Box Office Success Offers Hope Amid Post-Attack Tensions

“Once In a Lifetime” (Les Héritiers), a rather overlooked feel-good film released a month before the deadly assaults on the Paris offices of Charlie…

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

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…

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Parisian bird-life has a long and multifaceted history embracing such intriguing aspects as the street celebrities — known as Charmeurs d’oiseaux in the Tuileries — to the ballooning pigeons which helped save the city from the Prussians.   Here Toronto writer Philippa…

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…

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Three weeks after the Paris atrocity that saw 17 people gunned down by Islamist terrorists, a post-attack issue of Charlie Hebdo…

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