French

Brugge: best not to call it Bruges

Woe betide you if you try to speak French in Flanders

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Usually, one of the first indications that you’ve entered a bilingual country is that the road signs are in two…

A fingertip symphony in a deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Two stylists work at this deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser. Christelle is a gorgeous 17-year-old point-of-lay pullet, so lithe and…

Forget the Germans. It’s the French who made classical music what it is

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The poor French. When we think of classical music, we always think of the Germans. It’s understandable. Instinctive. Ingrained. But…

Young Italians flock to London – for just the same reasons it scares me

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Although I live in the country in Northamptonshire, I go to London often — almost once a week — and…

What the French now mean when they say ‘bugger’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The French for tête-à-tête is one-to-one now, according to a new survey of English invaders by Alexandre des Isnards. Actually,…

Why I won’t let my children learn French

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why I won’t let my children be taught French

The Frogs of war

7 December 2013 9:00 am

How France became the neocons’ favourite nation

The courage of their convictions

12 May 2012 10:00 am

HHhH is a prize-winning French novel about a writer writing a novel about the plot to kill the Gestapo boss…

Femmes du monde

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

At the end of Dreaming in French, in ‘A Note on Sources’, Alice Kaplan terms her narrative ‘this pièce montée’,…

Ecoutez bien!

18 February 2012 10:00 am

The French make it look easy: small babies sleep through the night, toddlers calmly eat four-course lunches, well-dressed mothers chat…

French with tears

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A history of international French that makes one long for plain English

On the brink

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Stephen Potter’s Lifemanship contains a celebrated tip for writers who want to ensure good reviews.