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Grégory Fitoussi © Guillaume Collet/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

French actor Grégory Fitoussi discusses his new role in Spin, starring in Mr Selfridge and his love of skydiving

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The new Bond girl

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Léa Seydoux in the new James Bond film Spectre © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Cannes award-winner Léa Seydoux tells Pierre de Villiers about the challenges of playing a modern ‘Bond girl’

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An interview with James Cracknell

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
James Cracknell © Angus Muir

The former Olympic and world rowing champion tells Angela Sara West about his sporting adventures in France

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An interview with Petula Clark

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Petula Clark

The evergreen singer tells Peter Stewart about her life and career in France

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Voice of the People

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Zaz posing for her new album © Yann Orhan

Singer-songwriter Zaz tells Peter Stewart about following in Édith Piaf’s Parisian footsteps

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An interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sir Ranulph Fiennes © Bill Prentice

The explorer and author tells Eleanor O’Kane how his French ancestors helped to shape history on both sides of the Channel

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An interview with Jenny Powell

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Jenny Powell © Joseph Sinclair

The television presenter tells Andrew Williams about childhood holidays in France and owning a house in a Riviera hideaway

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Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur

An interview with Posy Simmonds

Friday, July 24, 2015
Posy Simmonds © Victor Schiferli

The illustrator tells Pierre de Villiers about her student days in Paris and the film version of her graphic novel Gemma Bovery

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An interview with Jonathan Meades

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
My France

The journalist, film-maker and architecture expert tells Carolyn Boyd of his long links with France and how it feels to live in Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille

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An interview with Jenni Murray

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Jenni Murray ©BBC

The presenter of BBC 4’s Women’s Hour talks to Zoë McIntyre about beach shacks and Paris cabarets

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An interview with Peter Mayle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Peter Mayle

The writer best-known for A Year in Provence and A Good Year talks to Zoë McIntyre about the French art de vivre and his life in the Luberon

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Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur

Interview with Rosemary Shrager

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Rosemary Shrager

The British chef and teacher, known for TV shows including Ladette to Lady, tells Zoë McIntyre about working with French chefs and her love of Provence

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Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur

Interview with Valérie Trierweiler

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Valérie Trierweiler © Rexfeatures

Presidential ex Valérie Trierweiler tells Carolyn Boyd what it is like to be a female at the centre of French politics and her hopes for the role of First Lady of France

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Interview with Celia Imrie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Celia Imrie

The actress, whose TV and film roles include Dinnerladies and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, tells Peter Stewart about her love for the South of France, the location of her debut novel

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Interview with Liz White

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Actress Liz White

The actress, whose many TV and film roles include Life on Mars and Pride, tells Zoë McIntyre about enjoying family time in France

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My France: Michel Roux

Monday, January 5, 2015
Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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My France: Interview with Sheila Hancock

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Actress and author Sheila Hancock has owned a house in Vaucluse for two decades. She talks to Zoë McIntyre about her love of France and the inspiration behind her debut novel.

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My France interview: Bryan Adams

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Bryan Adams

The Canadian rock star and photographer, best known for his hit singles Summer Of ’69 and Run To You, spent time in the south of France before buying an apartment in Paris. He talks to Zoë McIntyre about singing in French and cycling in Paris

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Interview with Prunella Scales

Monday, October 6, 2014
Actress Prunella Scales

The actress talks to Zoë McIntyre about her long attachment to France, travelling its waterways and reading Marcel Proust

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Brigitte Bardot turns 80

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The young Brigitte Bardot

As Brigitte Bardot celebrates her 80th birthday, we take a look back at the exclusive interview she gave France Magazine’s Paul Lamarra in 2010.

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My France interview: Paula Radcliffe

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Harbour and marina of Monte Carlo, Monaco, © iStockphoto

World record-holding long distance runner Paula Radcliffe studied French at university and moved to Monaco in 1995. She tells Carolyn Boyd what she loves about living in the principality and her training trips to the Pyrénées.

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My France interview: Sara Martins

Monday, August 4, 2014
Sara Martins, star of the BBC drama Death In Paradise

French-Portuguese actress SARA MARTINS plays detective Camille Bordey in the BBC television series Death in Paradise. She tells Zoë McIntyre about filming on the French island of Guadeloupe

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© Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis

Actress and singer Vanessa Paradis tells Pierre de Villiers about her role in a new American comedy and how she handles the pressures of fame

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My France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Leading French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ranked 12th in the world, tells Pierre de Villiers about his Grand Slam title hopes and how fishing helps him to relax away from the court

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French comedian Olivier Giraud tells Alison Weeks why his observations on Parisian life are a hit on both sides of the Channel

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French actress LOUISE BOURGOIN tells Pierre de Villiers about her British comedy heroes and English-speaking role in a new Riviera-set crime caper

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Interview with Sir Terry Wogan

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Radio and television broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has had a home in France for almost two decades. He talks to Zoë McIntyre about the benefits 
of French life and being able to shop in peace

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Henri Matisse: the master of colour

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Snail 1953 © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013

During a career spanning six decades, HENRI MATISSE created a vast body of work that changed the course of 20th-century art. Zoë McIntyre outlines his eventful life

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My France: Robert Lindsay

Monday, March 3, 2014
Robert Lyndsay

Actor Robert Lindsay was once a student of mime in Paris and is starring in the new West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, set on the French Riviera. He tells Caroline Bishop about his long association with France

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Interview with Russell Watson

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Russell Watson

The English tenor RUSSELL WATSON talks to Caroline Bishop about working with the creators of the musical Les Misérables on his latest album, learning French and holidaying in Normandy

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Normandy

Interview with Francesca Simon

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Author Francesca Simon © Francesco Guidicini

Children’s author Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry series, talks to Eve Middleton about her Parisian childhood, and what France means to her now

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Interview with Louis de Bernière

Monday, December 2, 2013
Louis de Bernieres © Ivon Bartholomew

Best known as the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, writer LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES talks to Anna McKittrick about his French roots and the inspiration he finds on visits across the Channel

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Interview with Raquel Cassidy

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Raquel Cassidy

Best known for her role in the BBC comedy series Lead Balloon, actress RAQUEL CASSIDY has joined the cast of ITV’s drama Downton Abbey. She tells Zoë McIntyre about her acting and travelling experiences in France

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Aznavour encore

Monday, September 2, 2013
French singer Charles Aznavour

The legendary chansonnier is preparing to perform his first UK concert in 
more than 25 years. He tells Zoë McIntyre about his forthcoming show

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Interview with Lord Ashdown

Monday, September 2, 2013
Photograph taken by Marco Secchi

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats LORD ASHDOWN talks to Régine Godfrey about his literary quest to honour British and French wartime heroes
and how Savoie has become his home from home

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