French president Emmanuel Macron and Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune after signing a “renewed partnership agreement” in August 2022.
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France’s ‘renewed partnership’ with Algeria may be less about exploring a difficult and painful past and more about pressing political concerns.
French coffee culture offers us some insights into the way cultural omnivores appreciate different activities and products.
Cultural omnivores are economically and culturally privileged people who can enjoy both “highbrow” and “lowbrow” cultural products, like good and bad coffee, simultaneously.
Pas de sucre ? Pas de souci !
It’s one of the most common expressions used in French but also one of the most controversial. A linguist explains why “pas de souci” is no mere English import.
The Grand Véfour has been serving fine dining to Parisians for more than 200 years.
The first restaurants in Paris were based on the medicinal powers of soup, but these establishments soon transformed into the temples to gastronomy we know today.
Chopin’s grave, Paris.
As a concert pianist, Scott Davie has been searching for the spirit of Chopin since his teens. It’s taken him to Paris and Majorca and channeled tantalising notes through time.
TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will.
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An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix’s ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally.
In Paris, the major east-west axis, from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de la Bastille, as given a temporary ‘coronapiste’ after the pandemic broke out. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that it will become permanent.
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The need for social distancing sparked a cycling boom, cutting air pollution and boosting city dwellers’ mental and physical health. But when the pandemic ends, will it be back to life as usual?
The abbey of St Genevieve in Paris was destroyed during the French revolution.
Nicolas Ransonnette (1745-1810). Dessinateur (illustrator) - Bibliothèque nationale de France
Stephen of Tournai wanted Denmark to pay damages for Viking raids on France three centuries before.
Patients of the Imperial asylum at Vincennes celebrate Emperor Napoléon III.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 19th-century France, even photographs of hospitals and bridges could become propaganda.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
The archaeological site of the Parliament House in Namur on 15 April 2020.
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In Namur, Belgium, archaeological excavations were almost buried for good under the cover of lockdown. The incident draws attention to weaknesses in archaeological heritage protection systems.
Nude in Bathtub (
Grand nu à la Baignoire), 1940-1946, is part of a series of paintings Bonnard made of his wife, Marthe, bathing.
An art historian uncovers the truth about Marthe Bonnard, for decades labelled as a jealous recluse with a neurotic need to bathe.
The neighbourhoods of Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam with densities 3-5 times those of Melbourne and Sydney offer an insight into how we could transform our cities for the better.
On November 12, 2019, in Venise, the sea rose 1.87 metres above its normal level, flooding much of the city.
More than 1 billion euros were donated after Paris’ cathedral was grievously damaged by fire in April. By comparison, just a few million euros were given after catastrophic flooding in Cité des Doges.
Scene from Ladj Ly’s
Ladj Ly’s critically acclaimed new film looks at the misery that binds together its protagonists, and also examines France’s failure to fulfil its obligations toward its most vulnerable citizens.
Rue des Tournelles, Paris, November 5, 2019. Four Voi scooters wait hopefully for potential clients, with a Lime and Dott sprawling nearby. Behind them, a Velib’ rider has made his choice.
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In major cities around the world, dockless scooters and bikes are everywhere, yet the companies themselves are often breathtakingly short-lived. Basic economic concepts give us clues why.
Bonangera and Jurano were depicted performing at the Dresden Zoo in an 1882 illustration.
Research behind a new novel about “human zoos”, which took Indigenous Australians on tours of Europe, shines a light on a little-known part of colonial history.
The poet in a picture by Gustave Courbet.
His legacy connects a great swathe of modern popular culture.
Smart city Singapore.
According to a new smart cities index, the real test for smart cities is whether citizens feel the benefits.
Severe air pollution can speed up neurodegeneration when the brain is at the peak of its development — during childhood. Pictured here, a child in Beijing.
Investigation of the brains of children and young adults who died suddenly in Mexico City revealed amyloid plaques similar to those found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.