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Yorkshire stages Tour de France Festival

As Yorkshire prepares to launch the Tour de France in July, Caroline Bishop reveals how the county’s arts community has organised a very British festival to celebrate this most French of sporting events

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Henri Matisse: the master of colour

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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Easter in France

Celebrate Easter with treats from one of France’s finest pâtissiers

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Inside Le Py-R

Le Py-R, Toulouse

Although the restaurant’s name might be hard to swallow, the food is certainly not, as Zoë McIntyre finds out.

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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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Robert Lyndsay

My France: Robert Lindsay

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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Self-catering guide to Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône

The hearty flavours of olive-oil bread and spicy saucisson tempted 
Jon Bryant during a stroll through the market and shops of Arles

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still trills

As a nationwide tour begins, playwright RACHEL WAGSTAFF tells Caroline Bishop about adapting a celebrated World War I novel for the stage

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Classic cuisine: blanquette de veau

Slow cooking in a flavoured broth takes boiled meat to a whole new level in the creamy blanquette de veau, says Rosa Jackson

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French Valentine’s Day Treats

Impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a carefully chosen French treat

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Grain Store © Amy Murrell

Restaurant Review: Grain Store, London

Eleanor O’Kane tantalised her tastebuds at Bruno Loubet’s new restaurant

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Vineyards at the family estate of Château de Beaupré © Dominic Rippon

Women winemakers

Winemaking in France was once a male preserve, but femmes vigneronnes are increasingly making their mark

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Russell Watson

Interview with 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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The beers of Brasserie Artisanale du Mascaret © Caroline Bishop

Brewing up a storm

Unable to become the winemaker he wished to be, Fabrice Rivière has turned another passion into a surprising success story, says Caroline Bishop

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Marché de Rungis © Eve Middleton

Paris’s secret market

For an insider’s view on where Paris sources its finest produce, Eve Middleton joined a group tour of the Marché de Rungis

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Author Francesca Simon © Francesco Guidicini

Interview with Francesca Simon

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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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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Interview with Clémence Poésy

Actress CLÉMENCE POÉSY tells Pierre de Villiers why she feels so at home appearing in the new Anglo-French TV thriller The Tunnel

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Brasserie Chavot

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Chavot, London

Eve Middleton sits down to dinner at Brasserie Chavot in London

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Louis de Bernieres © Ivon Bartholomew

Interview with Louis de Bernière

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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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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Vats of olives and garlic at the Épicerie Gaillard © Jon Bryant

Self-catering guide to Pézenas, Hérault

The town of Pézenas is filled with the aromas of the Mediterranean, but also has an unlikely culinary link with the British Empire, says Jon Bryant

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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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the village and vineyards of Vergisson © Dominic Rippon

Vineyard visits: Sharing the crop

Owning part of a French vineyard can be an enticing prospect. Dominic Rippon explores a leisurely way to live the dream

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Les Oenophiles, Dijon

Restaurant review: Les Oenophiles, Dijon

Eve Middleton’s dinner out in Dijon is rich in classic tastes from the region

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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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Galvin Café à Vin, London

Restaurant review

The Galvin brothers’ Café à Vin offers a delicious taste of France in London

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Raquel Cassidy

Interview with 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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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight © Sony Pictures Classics

Interview with Julie Delpy

Multi-talented JULIE DELPY tells Pierre de Villiers about returning to the role of Céline in the film Before Midnight

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