More concessions for the Yellow Vests: working people of France are showing Macron who he works for

The widespread Gilets Jaunes, or “Yellow Vests” protests in France have entered their fifth week with no sign of ending. And with Macron’s approval rating having fallen to 18%, their success seems only to be accelerating. What started as a spontaneous appearance of protests by ordinary people across the country, furious about a regressive fuel […]

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Poetic Realism is the solution to your summer lethargy

Earlier this summer, Bertrand Tavernier produced an incredibly niche documentary, My Journey Through French Cinema, a three-hour memoir echoing the first-person style inspired by Martin Scorsese. MJTFC is a proper inside-look at French films and their directors. Naturally, summer presents the most opportune time to binge your favourite shows and movies. And Netflix reigns supreme […]

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Meanwhile, in Calais –

Oft repeated is that standing on the beach at Calais on a clear day you can see the English coastline. Therefore it is puzzling that it has taken months for 387 children to travel across 20.6 miles of water to safety who, under the Dubs amendment or Dublin III agreement, have a legal right to […]

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In the Valley of Art

Head out east from Bordeaux deep into the Dordogne and you’ll find a truly extraordinary place. The Vézère Valley is quite pretty, banded by pale cliffs there are any number of charming French villages and playmobil-looking chateaux to enjoy. But this is just the surface, the real beauty is not visible at first sight. This […]

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A storm in a tasse de thé

The Paris November terrorist attacks have left the French political class in a state of turmoil. Since the suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés, restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, the French have been divided as to how the government should react to protect its people without trampling on their fundamental […]

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British versus French

It has become a somewhat worn-out stereotype that the French, and especially the Parisians, dress well. However questionable this cliché is, it is interesting to see what it tells us about French culture and social behaviour. I was born and went to school in Paris, and I remember that in our English class we were […]

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Breaking the Year Abroad Myth

If we learnt anything about social media in 2015, it’s to be a bit more selfie-sceptic. From hipster Barbie on Instagram to nomads posting exotic vistas, it’s time we admitted that our virtual lives are rose-tinted. So when you see the digital published life of your friends abroad, seemingly idyllic and cosmopolitan, there may be […]

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‘Le nouveau Marseille’

Like any other visitor to Marseille in 2015, upon stepping off the train at the city’s main station, Gare Saint-Charles, I was greeted by posters celebrating the 20th year of an initiative known as Euroméditerrannée. This is the 7 billion euro urban renewal project that, since 1995, has sought to transform the city centre and […]

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