Catherine de’ Medici was Queen of France, the mother of three kings and two queens, and the mother-in-law of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
The Haitian revolution was the first by a former slave colony and was to inspire other emancipation movements across the New World.
Marie Antoinette has become a symbol of female profligacy made up of as much history as she is of modern film and art.
Africa, home to the largest number of French speakers, plays a key role in the present and future of the French language.
France’s good and great are interred in this crypt.
Out of everything that Josephine Baker accomplished in her life, her child advocacy work is perhaps the most overlooked.
Baker will be the sixth woman, first entertainer and first Black woman to enter after a successful petition from her family and fans.
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.
France has undergone thirteen major political shifts since 1789, and yet there have been very few major changes to the country’s elite.
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