France

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…

The ruined fortress of Peyrepertuse

Cathar country, Carcassonne and cassoulet

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I once spent three months living in the Languedoc, writing my first novel. The highlight was the few days I…

Edward III and me

1 July 2017 9:00 am

I got up, made a pot of coffee and sat and read the paper. A churchgoing charity worker had stolen…

The key to the Macron miracle

17 June 2017 9:00 am

France’s supercharged president is shaping up to be a new de Gaulle

Every time I touch a car, I break it

17 June 2017 9:00 am

French supermarket cashiers won’t be hurried. Nor will their customers, many of whom seem caught out by a bill at…

The best way to celebrate the past? Uncork it

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I have been thinking about the Dark Ages. This has nothing to do with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. A…

French blue chips and property could be hot bets... if Macron delivers

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says French blue chips and property could be hot bets – but only if the new president turns his election promises into action

In praise of Prozac

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Chez Frank is a popular local boar-hunters’ bar, tobacconist and general store at a lonely crossroads in the forest. It…

Anna Wintour’s freak show diminishes a great institution

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Much like the poor, the charity ball has always been with us, but lately it’s turned into a freak. Something…

Is Marine Le Pen really far-right?

6 May 2017 9:00 am

By smearing all its opponents as fascists, the left blurs the line between democracy and racism

Let’s just admit it: the French are simply better than us

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Let’s admit it: the French do so many things better than us

A must for Auster devotees; a mustn’t for the rest: Mark Edel-Hunt as Daniel Quinn and Jack Tarlton as Stillman in ‘City of Glass’

The ultimate gap-year video diary: Paul Mason's Divine Chaos of Starry Things reviewed

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Left-wing groupie Paul Mason has written a costume drama about the suppression of the Paris commune in 1871. We meet…

What a Marine Le Pen rally taught me about the outcome of the election

6 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Emmanuel Macron est le plus grand con du monde,’ said the elderly gent taking the vacant seat on my right…

What’s the matter with Europe’s new emperor?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

France’s young pretender is marching towards disaster

Who is France’s new golden boy?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Just who is this shiny golden boy?

Who will win the French election – and does it even matter?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The rivals for the French presidency offer crooked competence at best, economic meltdown at worst

Left: ‘Étude pour la tête d’Hamadryade’, 1895-1908; right: ‘La Valse’, 1889-1895

The sexual ecstasy of Camille Claudel – and why it proved too much for the establishment

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Camille Claudel’s extravagant talent proved too provocative for the male art establishment of her day, says Laura Gascoigne

I fit the left’s conception of a populist like a bespoke glove

25 March 2017 9:00 am

My joints were aching suddenly and unaccountably — fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, toes — so I cried off the dinner…

The charms of old Paris – and the naughtiest girl of the 20th century

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

Basic instinct: Paul Verhoeven has long been fascinated by the idea of rape

Misogynist or feminist? The murky world of director Paul Verhoeven

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Misogynist or feminist? Tobias Grey enters the murky world of controversial director Paul Verhoeven

Would I be bitten by the bug that bit Katherine Mansfield?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

After circuiting Spain by train, I went east to Italy, stopping on the way at the French border town of…

L’anti-Trump: can Emmanuel Macron live up to his hype?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Can the whizz-kid of French politics win?