France

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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

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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…

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It is political correctness, not maniacal bigots, that will end civilisation

28 November 2015 9:00 am

What does one do, attend or refuse a party after a tragic event such as the recent Paris outrage? My…

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The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

Caption: Who is Mary Magdalene exactly?

The GP charged around to my side of the table and roved her hand all over my pubic area

28 November 2015 9:00 am

On Friday morning I was peeing razor blades so I rang up the doctor and was given an appointment after…

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France’s civil war — and the struggle facing Europe

21 November 2015 9:00 am

...and the struggle facing Europe

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All hail to the Stig’s mum’s Seat Ibiza TDI Sport

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The car: a ’06 rosso red Seat Ibiza 1.9 TDI Sport, bought three weeks ago from a man who had…

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Portrait of the week

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Home After the killings in Paris, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that seven terrorist attacks on Britain had been…

France Honours Attack Victims As The Nation Mourns

François Hollande hasn’t seized the moment. Marine Le Pen might

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Hollande isn’t seizing his chance. Marine Le Pen might

‘La Mort de Louis XIII’, 1731, by Jean-François de Troy

The strange death of Louis XIV

21 November 2015 9:00 am

At the beginning of the summer of 1715 Louis XIV complained of a pain in the leg. In mid-August gangrene…

How they tried (and failed) to make ‘La Marseillaise’ nicer

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Friendly words England football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ in a friendly match at Wembley. The anthem has not always been…

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Meet the intellectuals leading France to the right

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The nation’s intellectuals are being roiled by issues of immigration, sovereignty and freedom of expression

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Heathrow’s third runway could still be halted – here’s how

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The Great British Runway final between Heathrow and Gatwick is beginning to look like a game of two halves. The…

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Euroscepticism is growing all over Europe

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Europhiles have warned us for years of the dangers of Britain leaving the EU. But all the while a different…

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Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths