Emile Zola

Alfred Dreyfus is being erased all over again

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Banning Roman Polanski’s extraordinary film is history repeating itself, says John R. MacArthur

Where are the heirs of Zola? The writer photographed in his sumptuous study

Is there no end to books on the ‘end of France’?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Here is a detail that says a lot. In the French translation of this latest book by the Israeli historian…

A gripping Start the Week from a Paris on the edge

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It was as if Andrew Marr and his guests on Start the Week on Monday morning were standing on the…

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