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France

The story of the ‘mythical centre’ of French cuisine reflects the triumphs and tribulations of its people. 

At 6pm on 18 June 1940, a relatively unknown French two-star general, Charles de Gaulle, composed himself in front of a microphone at the BBC’s...

The chef and restaurateur died on 12 February 1935.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus was at the heart of daring interwar Paris, where she used her influence to defend those left behind by ‘progress’.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

A French priest’s shocking attack on religion called for the fall of altars and the heads of kings. 

In the interwar period, France and Germany worked towards an integrated Europe.  

Since the revolution, French history has been marked by moments that promise progress but end in bitter failure. The election of the Popular Front in 1936 was one such example, says Jonathan Fenby.

The royal flight to Varennes took place on June 20th, 1791.

So bloody was Francis I’s defeat of the Swiss at the Battle of Marignano in 1515 that it made previous battles resemble ‘children’s games’. Robert J. Knecht traces the French king’s route across the Alps towards war in Italy.