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Poet’s Corner: Paul Valéry

Poet-philosopher Paul Valéry was one the most significant French Symbolists of the late 19th century, alongside Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine. Valéry was born in Sète and spent his early years in Montpellier, later relocating to Paris to embark on

Languedoc Traditions Jousting in Sète

Languedoc Traditions: Jousting in Sète

One Sètois tradition is guaranteed to jolt the Languedoc from the languor of midsummer days. Water jousting was a popular medieval sport in the South of France, first appearing in Sète in 1666, at the inauguration of the Canal Royale.

Office de Tourisme de Menton N.Sartore

New edition of FrenchEntrée Magazine OUT NOW!

The latest edition of FrenchEntrée Magazine is on sale now! It looks like this: It’s packed with great holiday inspiration for 2015, including: Our pick of great events to add to your diary, including Menton’s magical lemon festival (pictured) Foodie tours

La-Sante-Prison-MCB Michael C. Berch

French prison opens its doors to non-cons

La Santé, one of most notorious prisons in France whose former guests include Jacques Mesrine and Manuel Noriega, recently opened its otherwise impenetrable doors to the public ahead of a four-year refurbishment programme. The always excellent Andrew Hussey, who lives in the Montparnasse

A First Folio edition of William Shakespeare plays

Rare Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France

A First Folio edition of William Shakespeare plays has been found in a library in Saint-Omer, where it had remained undiscovered for 200 years. Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier was responsible for the book’s discovery at the Bibliothèque de l’Agglomération

People taking selfies in a museum

French Etiquette: How to Behave in a Museum

The age of the selfie brings a fresh challenge to curators. How to keep people from causing disruption while taking photos in French museums now that virtually everybody is carrying a camera or a smartphone? Museum staff is irretrievably outnumbered

Portrait of a Frenchman

Flirt like a Frenchman

Stopping at a crêpe stand for a snack , I recently witnessed a prime example of the art of flirting. As he handed over the thin pancake sprinkled with sugar to a lady who was clearly past the first blush

The Smallest Art Gallery in Paris

The Smallest Art Gallery in Paris

Located in number 142 rue Montmartre –an address dripping with history, where Emil Zola printed his manifest “J’accuse”– lives the 1SQM art gallery, one of the smallest in the world and certainly the smallest in Paris. The building once housed

Word of the Week: “Pouvoir”

This is a double-edged word that can go to your head or put you in control of your own destiny and it has a way of always making its way to the media headlines. Let’s look at the word pouvoir

French Word of the Week: “Ennui”

For all the good intentions and inescapable cheer, the holidays can be followed by indefinable hollowness. There’s no need to fight the feeling; you can wear it with style and choose to view it as a trés chic état d’esprit.

Peak Demand for Oyster Farmers in France

It’s not a French Christmas or Réveillon without oysters, and these two weeks account for 69% of annual revenue for oyster farmers. Despite reports earlier this year of a mystery disease killing off oysters in droves, and an expected increase