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An exhibition on Oscar Wilde in Paris’s Petit Palais has reignited a new surge of interest in the flamboyant Irish writer. Sophie Gardner-Roberts looks at what influence France had on the writer and his works

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Le Corbusier: Grand Designer

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Le Corbusier was an architect who divided opinion. But his influence as a pioneer of modern architecture was undeniable and 17 of his works are now named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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What is Bastille Day?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anyone who has been in France on 14 July will know that Bastille Day or the Fête Nationale is a big deal in France, but what is it and where do you celebrate it?

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Events in France

Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, was king of France during a time of prosperity and left a legacy of art and architecture, including the iconic Palace of Versailles

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Take a step back through French cultural and political history with a trip to one of these majestic castles.

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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

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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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 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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Living in France

Find valuable information, expert advice and real-life experiences to help you with all the practicalities of living in France. Topics covered include; working in France, retirement, healthcare, tax, finance and education.

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