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Richard Vinen ponders the political significance of two of France’s most potent female icons and finds there is more to them than meets the eye.

Though he didn't invent it, the guillotine was named for a French doctor, who died on March 26th, 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Chris Millington examines a period of bitter political division in France, dating from the 1930s and coinciding with the Nazi Occupation, which raises questions about the nature and roots of French fascism.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Roger Hudson describes the destruction during the Paris Commune of the memorial to Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz in 1805.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Martin Evans explains the aims and origins of France’s national museum of immigration.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Marseille is the 2013 European Capital of Culture – time to recall the heroics of Varian Fry, a US citizen who lived there during the Second World War. Markus Bauer reports.

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

On the centenary of his birth, Martin Evans looks at the evolving legacy of the Algerian-born French writer Albert Camus

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

The civil war between Roman Catholics and Huguenots reached a brief peace on March 19th, 1563.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The French chanteur was born on May 18th, 1913.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The Parisian idol died on October 11th, 1963.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Sally White recalls the efforts of the British League of Help, launched in the wake of the First World War by Lilias, Countess Bathurst, to raise funds to support devastated areas of France.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

The French poet was ordered to leave his city on January 3rd, 1463.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

Jonathan Conlin finds a surprising story of Anglo-French exchange behind the frothing petticoats and high kicks of this most Parisian of dances.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Reaction to the death of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry far exceeded the fame of the Belgian-born composer during his lifetime. The cult-like status he achieved beyond the grave reflects the power of music in turbulent times and reveals new attitudes to mourning, says James Arnold.  

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Roger Hudson explains a moment of panic on the streets of the newly liberated French capital.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

The future French empress was born on June 23rd, 1763.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Following his disastrous Russian campaign, the emperor of France needed money quickly. The desperate measures he took are revealed by Noelle Plack.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Robert Gildea examines the enduring and divisive debate surrounding the reputation of the French emperor who anticipated the best and the worst of the 20th century.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

France's 'First Peer' was created on September, 6th 1363

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Proust's epic first appeared on November 14th, 1913.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Postwar decolonisation in West Africa saw tensions rise between the fading imperial powers of France and Britain, according to papers recently unearthed by Kathryn Hadley.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

Crispin Andrews finds echoes of one of Sherlock Holmes’ most celebrated mysteries in a tale of 18th-century France.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

The recent killing of a French teenager by fascist sympathisers recalls the tensions and divisions of the 1930s, says Chris Millington.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Christopher Allmand examines Alain Chartier’s Le Livre des Quatre Dames, a poem written in response to the English victory at Agincourt, and asks what it can tell us about the lives of women during this chapter in the Hundred Years War.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

The enmity between England and France is an ancient one. But the museum dedicated to a famous English victory offers hope for future relations between the two countries, writes Stephen Cooper.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Roger Hudson examines a photograph from 1920 taken on the eve of a profound split on the French Left.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Chris Millington says we shouldn’t be surprised by the Front national’s show of strength in the recent French elections.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

The Maid of Orléans was born on January 6th 1412: she has been an incarnation of French national identity and pride for six centuries.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

Gemma Betros asks what kind of person Napoleon really was.

Issue: 72 2012

Modern dance was born with the premiere of L'apres-midi d'un faune on May 29th, 1912.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Derek Wilson looks at the life of a French princess, who married and helped depose an English king during a tumultuous period of Anglo-French relations that was to end in the Hundred Years War.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

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