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Edith Piaf

As what would have been Édith Piaf’s one hundredth birthday is celebrated find out how she rose from the depths of poverty to become one of France’s most famous singers

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Paris

Return to Waterloo

Friday, June 19, 2015
Napoléon Bonaparte © Fotolia

On the bicentenary of the battle that changed Europe, Anthony Lambert examines Wellington’s victory over Napoléon and sees how troops are preparing to do battle once more

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Stalagmites in a gallery of the original cave

Cave paintings dating from 36,000 years ago are being re-created in a $55m tourist attraction in the Gorges de l’Ardèche. John Malathronas puts on his hard hat to discover more

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Rhone-Alpes

Napoléon on St Helena

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The statue of Napoléon in a window in Briars Pavilion

The exiled emperor’s final home was on a tiny in the South Atlantic. Mark Stratton takes a five-day voyage to meet the Frenchman keeping Bonaparte’s legacy alive

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History trail: Picasso in France

Friday, February 27, 2015
Picasso © Wikicommons

With the Musée Picasso in Paris now reopened after a lavish renovation, Peter Stewart examines the life and work of one of the world’s most influential artists

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History Trail: Gustave Eiffel

Monday, January 5, 2015
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, © Fotolia

Gustave Eiffel’s famous tower celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Peter Stewart looks at the life and works of this engineering visionary

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Paris

Scars of the 
 Somme

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The cemetery at Delville Wood

On the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Paul Lamarra tours the Picardy countryside where one of the bloodiest battles was fought

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The First and Second World Wars

World War I: Journey of remembrance

Monday, August 4, 2014
The Thiepval Memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, © Fotolia

Cycling along the length of the Western Front, Paul Lamarra tried to come to terms with the scale and horror of World War I

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The First and Second World Wars

Exploring Yorkshire’s French links

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yorkshireman Ray Kershaw uncovers the history of Yorkshire’s French links in celebration of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ

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An example of Nigel's work © Nigel Stewart

Nigel Stewart has found that living near some of the Second World War commemorative sites in France and meeting many war veterans has heavily influenced his art

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The First and Second World Wars

70 years ago today: June 6th 1944

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Winston Churchill

On 6 June 1944, Winston Churchill announced the landings in France – news of the biggest invasion and largest military campaign the world had seen thus far

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The First and Second World Wars

D-Day: Return to the beaches

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

As the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings approaches, Paul Lamarra describes the people and places

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Normandy

D-Day: A soldier’s tale

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

British D-Day veteran Noel Wilkes (pictured as a soldier and today) recounts his experience of wartime France to his great-nephew, Peter Stewart.

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The First and Second World Wars
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Brit Ricky Beets runs tours of Armentières, chosen by the British Commonwealth troops as their headquarters during the Second World War. We find out about her life in France and how the town is marking this key commemorative year

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The First and Second World Wars
Vimy Ridge memorial

French Canadian Guy Turpin is responsible for maintaining the Canadian commemorative sites of the First World War in France. We find out about his life in France and how he is looking forward to marking the centenary this year

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The First and Second World Wars

The life and times of Paul Cézanne

Friday, March 7, 2014
Paul Cézanne

In his quest to capture the distinctive light of southern France, PAUL CÉZANNE paved the way for modern art. Zoë McIntyre sketches the life of an artist born 175 years ago

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Legacy of war in Verdun

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Wallking among the World War I bomb craters at Vauquois © Rob Holden

The Battle of Verdun claimed 300,000 lives and evidence of the carnage is written in the landscape nearly a century later, as Debbie Curtis explains

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The First and Second World Wars

Modern-day saint: l’abbé Pierre

Friday, December 6, 2013
© Emmaüs International

If l’abbé Pierre were alive today he would have just started his 11th decade on this earth. As it is, he died in 2007 a few months before his 95th birthday. A long life indeed, but as the saying goes, “it’s not the years in your life that count but the life in your years”…and l’abbé Pierre certainly lived a life that counted.

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8 World War I museums to visit

Friday, November 29, 2013
Pheasant Wood Cemetery, Fromelles

Patricia Stoughton picks 8 museums on the Western Front that chart the horror and history of World War 1 and sees how they explain the conflict to modern audiences, and show the conditions that soldiers endured in the trenches

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The First and Second World Wars

Life and times of Albert Camus

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jon Bryant charts the life of the football-loving indifferentist whose life was tragically cut short

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In the footsteps of Camus

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Albert Camus' existential novel L'Etranger

On the centenary of the birth of Nobel Prize Winner Albert Camus, Zoë McIntyre takes a stroll around some of his favourite Paris haunts

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Self-sufficient living in Haute-Vienne

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Clarkson family produce wool and felt from their organically reared rabbits, goats and sheep

Jo and Martyn Clarkson crossed the Channel for a simpler, self-sufficient life in which even the clothing is organic, as Gillian Harvey discovers

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Going green in Haute-Vienne

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The beautiful village of Bellac

A verdant gateway to the south, pretty Haute-Vienne has a rich history just waiting to be explored, as Mary Novakovich discovers

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Limousin

Literary trail in Normandy

Monday, September 2, 2013
Étretat - home to Guy de Maupassant © Alison Weeks

From Gustave Flaubert to Marcel Proust, Normandy has inspired some of the greatest French writers. Alison Weeks takes a literary tour of the region

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Normandy

Living in Calvados

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Beach huts at Houlgate © Adam Batterbee

Mary Novakovich falls under the spell of beautiful Calvados, where a rich history intermingles with the best of nature’s bounty

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Deux-Sèvres living

Monday, July 1, 2013
© Gillian Thornton

Deux-Sèvres blends colourful history with a lively contemporary scene. Gillian Thornton explores Poitou-Charentes’ most rural department

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History of the Tour de France

Monday, July 1, 2013
Cyclists near the finish in Paris © B.Bade/ASO

Paul Lamarra charts the thrills, spills and scandals over 110 years

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