France

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

22 August 2015 9:00 am

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s…

The triumph of nuclear weapons – and the defeat of nuclear power

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I visited the black marble obelisk which marks the epicentre of the explosion, and I saw the plain domestic wall-clock…

François Hollande could still win. And this is why

25 July 2015 9:00 am

François Hollande appears to have been consigned to the political mortuary. The first Socialist French president since François Mitterrand has…

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…

Susan Hill’s French notebook: My struggle to avoid local cuisine

11 July 2015 9:00 am

An overnight stop on the Ile de Ré taken between the St Malo ferry and the Quercy, where we always…

Portrait of the week

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…

The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…

Portrait of the week

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Tens of thousands took part in a demonstration in London against austerity, and thousands more in other cities. Russell…

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

Sudhir Hazareesingh’s bold new book is built on the assumption that ‘it is possible to make meaningful generalisations about the…

How the French won Waterloo (or think they did)

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Three weeks ago, a journalist from Le Figaro asked France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs who would be attending the 200th…

Le Perche: every farmyard looks like a painting

Beauty, tragedy and black pudding: the delights of Normandy

16 May 2015 9:00 am

I am compiling a list of the best black puddings. It began in Spain when I encountered my first morcilla…

Nigel Lawson’s diary: Escaping election tedium in la France profonde

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I have escaped this rather depressing election campaign by retreating to my home in la France profonde — to be…

A beautiful maze: Marseille’s Old Town

The pleasures of getting lost in Marseille

2 May 2015 9:00 am

If you haven’t been lost in Marseille then you can’t have been there. As Alexandre Dumas wrote, this is a…

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…

Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

25 April 2015 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…

How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil,…

Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

A spectre is haunting Europe — and knocking on the door of Downing Street. It has installed a president in…

‘Propeller (Air Pavilion)’, 1937

Better than Robert? Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

In 1978, shortly before she died, the artist Sonia Delaunay was asked in an interview whether she considered herself a…

Suite Francaise review: what is this film playing at, when it comes to Jews in attics?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Suite Française is being billed as a second world war romance about ‘forbidden love’ and, in this regard, it is…

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A week before the attack on Charlie Hebdo, France’s leading gay magazine, Têtu, announced the winner of its annual beauty…

How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The terror attack in Paris last week represents Islamism’s most explicit declaration of war on free society. Non-Muslims were slaughtered…

The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of holidays

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Horror films occasionally use the device of the deceptive idyll. An apparently restful place — a clearing in the woods,…