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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 Le Bleuet to see for himself why people will drive 100kms just to buy a Bleuet book! Reprinted with the author’s kind permission – copyright Jerry Lanson (words and some images). A […]

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 World Wars that ravaged Europe last century. Aptly illustrating the vital importance of such primary sources, prize-winning British novelist, biographer and journalist Nicholas Shakespeare —  writing here exclusively for French News Online readers — describes how, poking […]

Going … The Great Dishes of France?

Going … The Great Dishes of France?

John Baxter an Australian author film critic, biographer and Paris resident for more than two decades is a man on a mission – to record the taste of the last great French dishes around the country before they disappear forever. French dishes disappearing forever! Surely not?  After all UNESCO in 2010 declared the French “gastronomic meal” […]

Lyon’s 400,000 Library Books Going Online

Lyon’s 400,000 Library Books Going Online

Back in July 2008 when Lyon’s local library forged a deal with Google to digitize its entire book collection, the outcry from French intellectuals served again to highlight the schizophrenia underlying Franco-American relations. France, which in 1789 took inspiration from American constitutional ideals,  is a country that in equal measure obsessively delights in and detests the United States.  So […]

Thorium – An Energy Source Cheaper than Coal

Thorium – An Energy Source Cheaper than Coal

John Preedy lives in France where thorium enjoys a certain level of ongoing research support, and writes the Living in the Lot blog. Here he reviews a recent book on Thorium — a potential nuclear energy source whose future is being increasingly talked about.    Thorium – Energy Cheaper than Coal – A Review Robert Hargraves in his […]

Readers Gather Around the Country as Book Clubs Flourish in France

Readers Gather Around the Country as Book Clubs Flourish in France

Keen readers gather around France for regular book readings and reviews, usually over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Books, books, books The Aveyron Book Group in collaboration with French News Online, here introduces a regular book lovers’ page. The Aveyron Book Group was set up in 2003 with just 5 members […]

Peter May – A Prizewinning Scottish Author and Script Writer with a Strong French Following

Peter May – A Prizewinning Scottish Author and Script Writer with a Strong French Following

Peter May is a Scottish-born author living in France whose books in translation have a wide following among a critical French reading public. In 2011 he won the prestigious French award, CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter-CE – for “The Blackhouse”, the first of a widely-acclaimed trilogy. Further fame followed when in 2012, Peter May won the French daily newspaper, Le Télégramme’s Grand Prix de […]

What Do You Do With Your Old Books? Well You Could Try Book Crossing

What Do You Do With Your Old Books? Well You Could Try Book Crossing

You finish your book and pause for reflection. Then what? Whether you loved it, thought it well, OK … or hated it, doesn’t matter, because you put it on the shelf no matter what. But if you really loved it … why not let it go? Old Books Put to Good Use? What a waste! Instead of […]

Julia Child – My Life in France, From Cookery Naivety to Fame

Julia Child – My Life in France, From Cookery Naivety to Fame

She arrived here in 1948 as naive as only a fresh-faced American newly-wed could be. Yet, despite having only a few words of French, plus the fact she couldn’t cook, over the next 15 years Julia Child became an authority on French cuisine. Julia Child – My Life in France She also became the principal author of the […]

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