Emile Zola

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