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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 […]

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 common fungus have had something to do with it? In the run up to that seminal uprising, celebrated in French and world history and preceded by la Grande Peur (great […]

1789 France, Turkey and the EU Club

1789 France, Turkey and the EU Club

Recent unrest in Turkey, a candidate for EU membership, has prompted the French and other EU states to ponder whether they share the same values as the former Ottoman Empire. France Sees Shades of its Revolutionary Past in Turkey’s Revolt Translation posted 11 July 2013 14:37 GMT · View original post [fr] Written byMarie Bohner Translated by Carol Bidwell The recent unrest in Turkey […]

Let’s Hear it for (Charlie) Hebdo

Let’s Hear it for (Charlie) Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo has once again been flying an increasingly battered flag for freedom of opinion and expression despite global threats of real fire and brimstone, but will the French hold out as others in the West cave in? The magazine has a long, proud and iconoclastic tradition in France for piercing pompous egos and defending the right […]

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 history and nation-building argues French writer Philippe Labrecque. What French Conservatism can teach the Anglo-Saxon Right This article was originally published on The Commentator on August 17, 2012. Our concept of the political Left and Right comes […]

Try Nancy When Seeking Macaron Mecca

Try Nancy When Seeking Macaron Mecca

Is Nancy. Paris or Vancouver the true Mecca of the Macaron? Thanks to Marguerite Gaillot and Marie-Elisabeth Morlot, two sweet-toothed Bénédictine nuns from the Dames du Saint-Sacrement order, Nancy can claim that crown. But Paris has since upstaged its Lorraine rival with a silky smooth ganache upgrade coupled with classy, gourmet-tailored touches, while Vancouver has […]

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