Bière, “sandwiches de pulled pork” and Hindi: Parisian multiculturalism at its best

If I’d heard the word “Paris” before July this year, I’d have thought of the Eiffel Tower, croissants, nice coffee, cultured, attractive people, and enough cheese, bread and wine to make any Tesco aisle look poorly and scarcely stocked. Or maybe world-renowned art galleries with original masterpieces dating back centuries. Or King Louis XIV’s monumental […]

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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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Conservatives versus Climate

At the Paris Climate Conference Cameron declared “we should be taking action against climate change today”, but this virtue is not reflected in his domestic policy. In the eight months since their election the Tories have made drastic changes to the energy sector with far-reaching consequences.  These changes are troubling for any hopes of a […]

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Paris in a day

Nothing like attempting a little slice of the impossible, but if you have the option, why not try? The best and most efficient way to travel, like most metropolitan cities, is the very thing that takes its name from ‘metropolitan’: the metro. In Paris, the older metro stations have beautiful art-deco signage designed by Hector […]

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Fears ahead of Euro 2016

So, the dates for Euro 2016 have been set, qualification has been complete, and we are all ready for a great tournament. However, a lot can change between now and 10th June when the tournament commecnces. Ahead of the draw on 10th December, let’s consider some of the biggest storylines heading into the Euros and […]

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SHOW’N’TELL: Paris Fashion Week

At Rick Owen’s show during Paris Fashion week in late September, models wore other models harnessed to themselves with padded straps as they took to the catwalk. Ready-to-wear, right? Owen’s show drew lots of criticism from people saying that it had ‘gone too far’ and instead of being artistic or inspiring, was merely making a […]

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