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Exploring Yorkshire’s French links

Yorkshireman Ray Kershaw uncovers the history of Yorkshire’s French links ahead of the Grand Départ

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Winston Churchill

70 years ago today: June 6th 1944

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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D-Day: Return to the beaches

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

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D-Day: A soldier’s tale

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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Paul Cézanne

The life and times of 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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Modern-day saint: l’abbé Pierre

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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Pheasant Wood Cemetery, Fromelles

World War I museums: centenary events

Museums on the Western Front are preparing for an influx of visitors as the World War I centenary in 2014 approaches. Patricia Stoughton sees how the sites explain the conflict to modern audiences and show the conditions that soldiers endured in the trenches

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Life and times of Albert Camus

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

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Albert Camus' existential novel L'Etranger

In the footsteps of Camus

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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