France

Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice

23 June 2018 9:00 am

For the last four months, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has been rotting in a French jail, like Jean Valjean. He…

Was our Airbnb host a closet toreador?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

We were standing in the tiny hall: me, Catriona, Annette and her toy Yorkshire terrier, Ahmed. It was our first…

Bernard-Henri Lévy: ‘Brexit will not happen’

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Bernard-Henri Lévy on why Brexit must not happen – and why he’s the man to stop it

Panel from the bedroom of Louis Henri I, Prince de Condé, by Christophe Huet

The greatest French museum you've never heard of

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Imagine a French museum that’s second only to the Louvre when it comes to paintings, with an eye-watering collection of…

The critics may have liked The Death of Stalin but the French certainly don’t

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Should I or shouldn’t I go and see The Death of Stalin, showing at the French village cinema last Sunday…

Knife skills for eight-year-olds

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Pig’s trotters. Lamb’s feet stuffed with their brains. Flayed wild rabbits, all sinew, muscle and eyeballs. Nude chickens with flopping…

Brexit for eight-year-olds

21 April 2018 9:00 am

A week ago I plucked my eight-year-old grandson Oscar from the bosom of his rumbustious young family and took him…

Macron's Thatcher moment has arrived

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The French President is facing his ‘Thatcher moment’

When it comes to food and wine, there’s no place like Rhône

31 March 2018 8:00 am

As often, a good glass stimulated good talk. We were drinking some promising young Rhônes and the discussion ranged wide,…

Has Provence cured my cancer?

24 March 2018 9:00 am

During the past three years I have spent quite a bit of time in a rented house in Provence. Volets…

Jeremy Clarke: The power of ‘Bonjour’

20 January 2018 9:00 am

In France, or in Provence at least, polite rule number one is to say hello. You must offer a distinct…

Jeremy Clarke: How I lost an afternoon to two magnums of mid-range champagne

6 January 2018 9:00 am

As I stood there, I was reminded of the man of no fixed abode who, several years back, aged 68,…

Unhappy families: Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden and Toby Jones in Happy End

The heart is left unstirred by Haneke’s morose critique of a fractured society: Happy End reviewed

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The films of Michael Haneke wear a long face. Psychological terror, domestic horror, sick sex, genital self-harm — these are…

The perils of the boar-hunting season

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The French countryside around here is teeming with wild boar. They visit the shack at night to eat the pansies…

Letters: Can the French and the British meet each other halfway?

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Meeting halfway Sir: If our Brexit negotiator David Davis has not read Robert Tombs’s wonderful article ‘Lost in translation’ (21…

Michel Barnier’s arrogant inflexibility over Brexit comes from a long Gallic tradition

21 October 2017 9:00 am

When it comes to negotiation, the French and the British are worlds apart

Alice Waters shows the Prince of Wales around her ‘Edible Schoolyard’ garden in California

America’s celebrity chef par excellence, Coming to My Senses reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Though Alice Waters is not a household name here, that is precisely what she is in America — the best-known…

Hurricane Harvey is bigger news than the bankers at Jackson Hole

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Houston last November I spent an evening at the city’s industrial-scale food bank, where I heard a presentation on…

I like Donald Trump — but don’t tell anyone

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I arrived for lunch a bit late and was led to the dining table. Our hostess disappeared back into the…

The truth about Brexit? One professor’s guess is no better than another’s

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Removing all trade and tariff barriers as part of a hard Brexit would generate ‘a £135 billion annual boost to…

Should we all stop eating pork?

26 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Rightly is they called pigs,’ says a farmworker in Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow as he watches porkers grunt and squelch.…

The gig of a lifetime in a Provençal village

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Five and the Red One are a German covers band. It’s probably the most uninspiring name for a rock band…

Is Macron’s vanity presidency already falling apart?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The French president’s embarrassing attempts to reinvent himself as the new Tony Blair

I survived a hen party — just

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The hen party was seated at an outside restaurant table under the plane trees when I arrived. They sat with…

A month in the French country

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A trip to the supermarché at the beginning of our French month yielded many of the necessary things one also…