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François Hollande could still win. And this is why

25 July 2015 9:00 am

How France’s wobbly pudding of a president could still win again

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…

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Susan Hill’s French notebook: My struggle to avoid local cuisine

11 July 2015 9:00 am

An overnight stop on the Ile de Ré taken between the St Malo ferry and the Quercy, where we always…

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Portrait of the week

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…

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The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…

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Portrait of the week

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Tens of thousands took part in a demonstration in London against austerity, and thousands more in other cities. Russell…

Flamboyant intellectuals: René Descartes (main picture) and Bernard-Henri Lévy (below), in 1978

Liberty, philosophy and 246 types of cheese

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The French have always favoured grand, elegant abstractions about the human condition, says Ruth Scurr. It’s part of their national identity

The Battle of Waterloo on 18th Juny 1815, 1816. Artist: Anonymous, 19th century

How the French won Waterloo (or think they did)

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The French would still prefer to think of Napoleon’s last defeat as a moral victory

Le Perche: every farmyard looks like a painting

Beauty, tragedy and black pudding: the delights of Normandy

16 May 2015 9:00 am

I am compiling a list of the best black puddings. It began in Spain when I encountered my first morcilla…

Gascony: nice, but couldn't it be warmer?

Nigel Lawson’s diary: Escaping election tedium in la France profonde

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I have escaped this rather depressing election campaign by retreating to my home in la France profonde — to be…

A beautiful maze: Marseille’s Old Town

The pleasures of getting lost in Marseille

2 May 2015 9:00 am

If you haven’t been lost in Marseille then you can’t have been there. As Alexandre Dumas wrote, this is a…

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A fingertip symphony in a deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Two stylists work at this deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser. Christelle is a gorgeous 17-year-old point-of-lay pullet, so lithe and…

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Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

25 April 2015 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…

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How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil,…

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Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing the mood of angry populism

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Better than Robert? Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

In 1978, shortly before she died, the artist Sonia Delaunay was asked in an interview whether she considered herself a…

French villager Lucile Angellier, played by Michelle Williams, falls for a Nazi soldier

Suite Francaise review: what is this film playing at, when it comes to Jews in attics?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Suite Française is being billed as a second world war romance about ‘forbidden love’ and, in this regard, it is…

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France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

Matthieu Chartraire - his personal pin-up is Madame Le Pen

How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Marine Le Pen’s unlikely rainbow coalition

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How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s time to reclaim Islam from the Islamists

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The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…

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Good news! The eurozone is now strong enough to split

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

Winter Hits Germany

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of holidays

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of skiing holidays

Outsize origami: Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton

Le French bashing has spread to France. Are things really that bad?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The popular sport has spread to France. Are things really that bad, wonders Jonathan Meades

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Cognac and the Viking connection in la France profonde

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The chestnut trees were still resplendent in yellow leaf along the banks of a misty autumn river on its glide…