He’s up at two every morning, determined to deliver the best bread in town.
A new look for French stamps and she’s still as young as ever. Marianne and the eternal youth of the French Republic.
Find out why the crowds just keep on growing for the 21st century town crier.
Did she really deserve that? How Marie-Antoinette became the victim of Revolutionary fantasy.
New laws to protect homosexuals from agression – but the French government baulks at allowing gay marriage.
Alive and kicking in the 21st century. How French Trade Unions have survived in the liberal era.
Fancy a bottle of Madeira dated 1789? Head for a wine auction, but be prepared to dig deep into your pockets.
A source of security or a threat to identity? France’s role in the new Europe of 25 nations.
Guaranteed to make your mouth water. Étienne Boissy «meilleur ouvrier de France» on the art of serving cheese.
Shoemakers to the glamorous for more than a century. «La maison Massaro» is the subject of a stunning retrospective at the International Shoe Museum in Romans.
It’s no easy job translating Booker prize winning author A. S. Byatt into French, but you certainly learn a thing or two. Byatt and translator Jean-Louis Chevalier go head to head to discuss their differences.
French farmers’ leader Gérard Boinon on why Genetically Modified crops are the final straw.
Olive trees can survive forest fires, but can regional languages survive the modern era? Militants from Provence believe so.
He considered himself the greatest painter of his generation, yet Cézanne didn’t finish a single picture during the last decade of his life. Jean-Claude Lebensztejn explains why.
A luxurious new edition is a must buy for fans of the Maigret author.
Why France is right to ban Islamic headscarves from school. French feminists stick up for a controversial law.
Everyone claims to be a loser in the world of French horse racing… but they all love it anyway.
With nuclear energy out of fashion, France turns to windpower in the battle to control global warming.
The dialects of French explained and explored.
What makes them type? France’s leading thriller writers on the art of the ‘polar’.
The forgotten sculptures of Paul Gauguin.
It’s almost 20 years since France had a winner in cycling’s most presitigious contest. The director of Brioches la Boulangère offers his explanations.
Sailors’ songs revived
They’ve lain undiscovered for almost two millennia. Archeologists have unearthed some of the largest Roman transport ships ever to have been recovered.
A car that you can look out of, a kitchen that you can cook in – consumer paradise for the handicapped.
Natural sea salt is making a comeback against commercial opposition.
Secrets of success from the new prodigy of French cuisine.
A shortage of insects is proving tough on the bird population.
An archeologist of the senses recreates the perfumes from the court of Louis XV.
The government wants to ban cigarettes for the under-16s but the public’s sceptical.
A sociologist’s view of Simenon’s famous detective.
Opponents to the looming war in Iraq voice their arguments.
Lock-up your rabbits as we visit the once thriving world of French hatmaking.
Bernard Pivot on the French passion for la dictée
It’s been a year since the French franc was consigned to the history books, but the memory lives on.
They’re so fast you can crush foxes: how the nascent advertising industry sold the bicycle.
Behind the scenes of an awe-inspiring show.
A masterpiece from the comedy genius is reissued.
Reconstructing the famous 18th battleship in the naval port of Rochefort.
A voyage on the frontiers of respectability.
How can we protect fishing stocks and fishermen?
A pioneer of modern botany, farming and much more besides
Bilingual film scripts are an entertaining way of freshening up your French.
Insecurity is a big theme in French politics – but is it real or imagined?
Jean-Marie Le Pen reaches the second round of the Presidential elections.
The mortal remains of the popular novelist are transfered to the home of the greats. But what will the neighbours say?
The advent of giveaway newspapers upsets the traditional press.
Buffet (Bernard) goes under the hammer.
How France evolved as a focus of international haute cuisine