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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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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…

Others mundanely call them shutters but in France there are many terms for these common features found on facades around France … Jalousies must surely be one of the most…

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:…

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In Grasse, Mimosa now in Bloom, is the French Perfume-makers’ Secret Ingredient

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…

Who Eats What, Where, in France

Who Eats What, Where, in France

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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France Festivals

France Festivals – Non-Stop, Year-Round Arts Update  | Scoop.it Summer in France is a cauldron of cultural fervour, with Festivals and cultural events dominating the…

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

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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Toppled Giant Green Plastic ‘Artwork’ Droops in Defeat on Chic Place Vendôme

Toppled Giant Green Plastic ‘Artwork’ Droops in Defeat on Chic Place Vendôme

A 24-metre high, green, plastic inflatable butt-plug, described as a “Tree” by its controversial Californian creator Paul…

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Six Months on Front National’s New Mayors Seem to be Popular with their Voters

Six Months on Front National’s New Mayors Seem to be Popular with their Voters

Six months after the hardline Front National won control of 11 French municipalities, RFI – France’s international broadcaster –set off to find…

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Confiserie Florian Readies Sweet Clementines, Bonbons and Recipes for the Confectioners Truce

Confiserie Florian Readies Sweet Clementines, Bonbons and Recipes for the Confectioners Truce

Earlier this month France staged the Journée des Petits Plaisirs, an annual celebration for the sweet-toothed,…