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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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Bags with logos too last century for Paris craftsman (via AFP) There’s something missing from the handbags that adorn the shelves of Serge Amoruso’s Paris boutique. It’s certainly…

Prize Normandy cattle enjoy cider tipple (via AFP) French livestock farmer Francois-Xavier Craquelin believes a little pampering goes a long way when it comes to producing meat prized…

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…

Among non-French speakers Alouette gentille alouette is probably one of the best known of all French songs and dates back several hundred years although it is difficult to…

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Gender Theory: Alive and Well in France?

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French Jihadis Going to Syria are like Internationalist Brigades Going to 1936 Spain

Éric Zemmour, a polemical French writer and political journalist has warned that radicalised French youngsters going to…

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Journey of a Kiwi, her Cook-Book and the 88,000 Donated SMS in Montpellier

While Kiwis flourish abundantly in Corse and Aquitaine there’s a special nez to this Kiwi’s recipes…