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Save Our Picture Postcard – Halt the Mass Cull Of Shade Trees Lining France’s Rural Roads

Save Our Picture Postcard – Halt the Mass Cull Of Shade Trees Lining France’s Rural Roads

Tree-lined country roads bathed in soft hues and bough-streaked sunshine crisscrossing breathtaking landscapes have been a cliché as identification shots in French films for decades. These same shaded highways are an equally important poster boy in promoting France’s valued tourist industry to the thousands of motor home travellers — the horse-drawn coaches and caravans of […]

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

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 for a couple of fleeting weeks each year. Though they fade fast — and must be processed as soon as they…  

Reprising a Myth: Death of French Culture

Reprising a Myth: Death of French Culture

Publishing an 3000-word article in Time magazine headed ‘The Death of French Culture’ is, one might think, a sure way to bring down the wrath of all France on your head. (Read more French News here) Strangely, according to the man who did it, former Time magazine staffer Don Morrison, it didn’t quite work that way. […]

La Bardot Lashes Minister over Bullfights

La Bardot Lashes Minister over Bullfights

A chastened Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand, tongue lashed by the feisty Brigitte Bardot and facing the fury of animal rights groups, appears to be wavering on the cultural heritage status of the bullfight. (Read more online French News here) The row over a move that has seen French bullfighting listed as part of the national […]

UNESCO Honours French Bullfighting

UNESCO Honours French Bullfighting

France rather than Spain has become the first country in the world where bullfighting has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status — to the delight of aficionados or afeciouna in Arles, the French bullfighting heartlands and the disgust of Europe’s anti-bullfighting coalition. The news was announced on the eve of the great Arles Féria De […]

In France e-Bay is in the Streets – all Summer

In France e-Bay is in the Streets – all Summer

Vide-greniers and Brocantes mushroom all summer long in towns, villages and hamlets across France, and are so-well organised, a national guide is published a year in advance. Long before the internet and e-Bay’s electronic alternatives, flea markets, car boot, jumble and bric-a-brac sales were and remain, a source of pin money for students and pensioners, […]

Camargue Fights Catalan Bull

Camargue Fights Catalan Bull

When Barcelona banned bullfighting late July blood ran cold in the Camargue. Mediterranean France, southern Spain, Portugal and bullrings across Latin America feared a mortal estocada in what to them is a way of life, a tourist attraction and a money spinner. Hemingway’s “glorious display of courage”, now so unexpectedly emasculated by nationalist politicians in […]

On Its Way the 2010 Tour de France

On Its Way the 2010 Tour de France

The Tour is off and the fight is on in what sports blogger Jon Bois calls “the single most physically demanding event in sports.” The 97th edition of the world’s greatest cycling race, started in Rotterdam, and will hurtle through the Netherlands, Belgium, the Alps and the Pyreneés to its glorious end in Paris on […]

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