The French celebrate Quatorze Juillet, not Bastille Day. In fact, the English-language name hides much of the surprisingly complex history of the day.
All muscles and sensuous flesh, its hyper and toxic masculinity puts this Rodin scholar off the artist’s most famous artwork.
In this influential novel, two Persians travel to Paris and report their bemusement at its customs. Questions such as the dilemmas of tolerance and the social nature of our identities are explored.
The French meddled in the civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters, hoping for an outcome that would favour them.
A historian reviews Pablo Agüere’s award-winning Netflix film Akelarre and explains why it is one of the best films around on the early modern witch-hunt.
A Viking hoard of silver coins and jewellery expands our understanding of French history.
The former president advocated an ‘advanced liberal society’ in which the state must promote growth and paved the way for Europe.
Fresh research casts new light on a boldly unconventional woman who cross-dressed as a man to join a French naval sea voyage.
With his colleague René Goscinny, Uderzo told the story of the Gaulish nation.
On the month of the Francophonie’s 50th anniversary, it’s time to think about the untold story of French connections across the Canada-U.S. border
In a turbulent period of French history, women’s journals started to agitate for legal, political and cultural rights.
Many recent executions in the US by lethal injections have resulted in prolonged suffering before death. A historian asks: Could the guillotine be a preferable method?
From coronations to Revolution to reconciliation, Notre Dame has witnessed nearly 900 years of French history.
The Notre Dame Cathedral was long a powerful symbol of church authority - but it wasn’t static. The design kept changing to keep up with the changing times.
Antoinette de Saint-Étienne was a Canadian First Nations woman of the 17th century whose beautiful singing voice attracted the attention of a queen.
After the 1994 genocide, Rwanda pivoted towards the Anglophone world. But not entirely.
Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.
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Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
Memorials to the terror attack have become visual and transient – a battleground to contest parts of French identity.
Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
Macron’s portrait and taste in literature are full of political symbols to be sussed.