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A Skeleton in the (Bastille Day) Cupboard or the Fanciful Liberation of the ‘Comte de Lorges’

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 Fête Nationale, its 225th Bastille Day  — but what about the vérité of the historic record?  Here retired British diplomat and writer Keith Evetts recounts a tale of the Storming of the Bastille which throws a somewhat different light on one crucial aspect of the famous events […]

French Socialists Betrayed National Coal Miners’ After ‘48 Strike, Today PS Humiliated: 14.7%

French Socialists Betrayed National Coal Miners’ After ‘48 Strike, Today PS Humiliated: 14.7%

For 20 years after Mitterrand’s Socialist party came to power in 1981 miners seeking redress for inequities in the aftermath of the 1948 strike, got the runaround, notes Evan Jones. The…

Was 1789 All Due To Wheat Ergot?

Was 1789 All Due To Wheat Ergot?

One of the key triggers of the French Revolution, celebrated in history, was bread, or a lack of it; but asks Mike Alexander, might a…

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

France has launched the Grande Collecte as part of a global four-year commemoration of the centenary of the Great War (1914-1918) and the 70th anniversary of Normandy landings that in 1944 finally brought…

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…

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Memorial – Dakotas to Fly Over Normandy

Memorial – Dakotas to Fly Over Normandy

On June 2014 it will be exactly 70 years since the largest military invasion in history took place.…

Forgotten Massacres of Summer 1944

Forgotten Massacres of Summer 1944

As the German president and his French counterpart paid an historic visit of reconciliation to Oradour, the headline in Liberation, the…

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

What is described as “the single bloodiest day in the history of the Australian Army” and one of…

The Great War Remembered

The Great War Remembered

More than 60 million served and more than 16 million died in World War I as the armies of the…

FN: A French Political Force on True Upswing

FN: A French Political Force on True Upswing

The recent French parliamentary by-election in Villeneuve-sur-Lot (rural south-west) saw a narrow victory for the right-of-centre UMP candidate…

Storming the D-Day Beaches — 69 Years On

Storming the D-Day Beaches — 69 Years On

As survivors of perhaps the most critical western European battle of World War II grow thin on the ground, France…

Year Five: Banking Thy Name is Obscenity

Year Five: Banking Thy Name is Obscenity

While financial freebooters thrive and ‘quintiply’, much of Europe struggles with Stygian darkness in a Hades of misery as the longest economic crisis…

Does Paris Love its Kiosks Enough?

Does Paris Love its Kiosks Enough?

Paris has had a love affair with its ornate newspaper kiosks for the past 150 years but there…

The Most Secretive of Parisian Businesses

The Most Secretive of Parisian Businesses

At one stage the French banking arm of the Rothschild dynasty was all but obliterated but, as Evan Jones…

Verdun 1916 – “Places that Died For France”

Verdun 1916 – “Places that Died For France”

It was at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, that the Armistice…

Alsace and Limousin Still Daggers Drawn

Alsace and Limousin Still Daggers Drawn

The French regions of Alsace and Limousin remain unreconciled over Nazi War atrocities at Oradour-sur-Glane a state of…

In the Footsteps of Louis Braille

In the Footsteps of Louis Braille

Frenchman Louis Braille and Napoloen’s sonograph inspire this fascinating tale by Toronto writer Norman Ball who has been…

Who’s Right, France or les Anglo-Saxoniques?

Who’s Right, France or les Anglo-Saxoniques?

The Left-Right divide in politics harks back to the French Revolution but the economic focus of Anglo-Saxon policymaking overlooks…

Latin Invasion – What Would Napoleon Say?

Latin Invasion – What Would Napoleon Say?

Starting 1807 Emperor Napoleon of France invaded the Iberian peninsular in a disastrous Peninsular War campaign — leaving…

Anti-Semitism back on the agenda in France

Anti-Semitism back on the agenda in France

As Paris July 16 remembered the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup and deportation to Auschwitz of…

Indignados reshaping European Democracy

Indignados reshaping European Democracy

Far-right nationalist parties —  expressions of deep weaknesses in European democracies — show an impressive ability to shape…

European Democracy Hijacked by Crisis?

European Democracy Hijacked by Crisis?

Authoritarian threats to European democracies have increased in direct proportion to the worsening of an EU sovereign debt…

Paris is for People with Passions

Paris is for People with Passions

Earlier generations raised with typewriters rather than ‘input devices’, will delight in this nostalgia trip around Paris with…

Pyrénées – No Barrier to a Cultural Cauldron

Pyrénées – No Barrier to a Cultural Cauldron

With Basques to the west and Catalans to the east the Pyrénées are a physical but not a…

Fears for Europe’s Democratic Future

Fears for Europe’s Democratic Future

  Its not done to make much mention of the point in the politically-correct corridors of Brussels, the…

Deep Australian Link to Villers-Bretonneux

Deep Australian Link to Villers-Bretonneux

Just outside Villers-Bretonneux stands the National Memorial in remembrance of all Australian soldiers who fought in France and…

The Sun King First Lit the City of Light

The Sun King First Lit the City of Light

Is Paris the City of Light because of earlier academic brilliance or the foresight of the Sun King?  Toronto…

Georges Dufayel – a Model Modern Retailer

Georges Dufayel – a Model Modern Retailer

Georges Dufayel popularised the practice of buying on tick long before bank cards came on the scene. Know…

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

An unpretentious 11-letter word is set to be a hot topic on election bandwagons rolling across France as left…

Breton Easter Island Rises on a Hilltop Valley

Breton Easter Island Rises on a Hilltop Valley

In a bid to rival Easter Island and its ‘moai’ perhaps, residents of Brittany are raising monumental statutes…

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