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François Hollande has found a shameful saviour

28 May 2016 9:00 am

France’s president is looking more hopeless than ever. But French politics is such a mess that he’ll probably survive

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The French gym where kissing before a workout is mandatory

21 May 2016 9:00 am

A fresh start in a new gym in a foreign country. The serious young gym attendant didn’t speak a word…

Satirical diptych, 1520–1530, anonymous Flemish artist

This Parisian exhibition has rewritten the story of art

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Why do we put one work of art beside another? For the most part museums and galleries tend to stick…

Black truffles and red wine.

The members of White’s fall into two categories: shits and bores

14 May 2016 9:00 am

On Sunday we were invited for lunch at Chez Bruno, an unbelievably posh restaurant in the south of France. At…

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French labour laws should come with a health warning

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The tourist information office of the small French country town looked closed. Peering between the posters on the window glass,…

The French frigate Surveillante blows up the British frigate Quebec in a minor but famously furious engagement on 6 October 1779

The waves that wrecked Britannia

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Military history is more popular than respected. It is not hard to see why. It is masculine history, a trifecta…

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Why gender fluidity will never take off in France

16 April 2016 9:00 am

On Monday morning I was in a blind panic. The deadline for posted manuscript entries to the Daily Mail First…

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The kindest man in the Bordeaux wine business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…

chapel with lavender and grain fields, Plateau de Valensole, Provence, France

Walking, and praying, in the hills of Provence

2 April 2016 9:00 am

While I was in Provence, my hostess and I went out one day for a walk in the hills. We…

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Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s not about economics. It’s about our snobbish, slobbish culture

My romantic surprise turned into a hard loch story

26 March 2016 9:00 am

A Scottish surprise turned into a king-size calamity for Kate Morris

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney (Photo: Getty)

Brexit is none of Mark Carney's business

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Surely there is a difference between Mark Carney’s intervention in the Scottish referendum last year and in the EU one…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel – from pickled cockles to the height of luxury

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…

Plat du Jour, Plates of the Day

A gastronomic moron’s view of a legendary French brasserie

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Before we left for Sunday lunch at the Les Deux Garçons restaurant, Aix-en-Provence, I checked the reviews on Tripadvisor. I’m…

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My afternoon with the French Foreign Legion

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the Foreign Legion’s Museum of Memory at Aubagne, near Marseilles, I examined the kit, weapons and uniforms from the…

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Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

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The perfect wines to toast the end of the hunting season

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, a distinguished cove in the diplomatic service was made High Commissioner to Australia. To prepare himself…

Man Shot Dead By Police In Paris Street After Wielding Knife

François Hollande’s own personal state of emergency

6 February 2016 9:00 am

His response to the Paris terror attacks has left the French president increasingly isolated and unpopular

‘The Death of Sardanapalus’, 1846, by Eugène Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix foresaw the future of society not just art

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Delacroix’s frigid self-control concealed an emotional volcano. Martin Gayford explores the paradoxes that define the apostle of modernism

Martin Wheatley's possible successor, John Kingham (Photo: Getty)

We don’t need research to change banking culture. We need jail sentences

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Was the Financial Conduct Authority leaned on by the Chancellor to scrap its ‘review of banking culture’? Or did it…

Virgin of Sorrows by Jose de Mora (1680 - 1700)

Britain is absent from the V&A’s new Europe galleries. Are they trying to tell us something?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Before cheap flights, trains were the economical way to discover Europe and its foibles. Personally, I enjoyed the old fuss…

Still standing: the Arc de Triomphe

Paris: go while it’s still friendly

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Julie Burchill hymns the joys of post-attack Paris

‘The Birth of Christ’, 1896, by Paul Gauguin

Why would a dissolute rebel like Paul Gauguin paint a nativity?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Martin Gayford investigates how this splendid Tahitian Madonna came about and why religion was ever-present in Gauguin's art

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Glenda Jackson is brilliant in Radio 4’s Zola adaptation - and terrifying

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It was a stroke of genius to invite Glenda Jackson to make her return to acting as the star of…

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The best champagne is worth sitting down to

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Champagne is the least understood wine of them all. The market is dominated by a handful of major producers who…