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Illustration by R.Fresson.

On 28 January 1393 a party at the French royal residence ended in tragedy.

Stock in trade: an advertisement for pot-au-feu beef cubes, illustration by Severo Pozzati (Sepo), 1957.

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

General de Gaulle on 18 June 1940 in the recording studio of the BBC at Broadcasting House, London.

From de Gaulle’s call to arms against Vichy France to Liberation four years later.

The chef and restaurateur died on 12 February 1935.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, c.1905.

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.

Flight of fancy: Louis XVI and his family attempt to flee Paris. French caricature, 1792

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