Lady Reading in an Interior (between 1795 and 1800).
Marguerite Gérard (1761–1837)
In a turbulent period of French history, women's journals started to agitate for legal, political and cultural rights.
The Seine and Notre Dame, physically and spiritually the heart of Paris.
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From coronations to Revolution to reconciliation, Notre Dame has witnessed nearly 900 years of French history.
Map of New France, by Samuel de Champlain (1612), including French depictions of First Nations peoples.
Antoinette de Saint-Étienne was a Canadian First Nations woman of the 17th century whose beautiful singing voice attracted the attention of a queen.
Awkward: Rwandan President Paul Kagame visits his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson
After the 1994 genocide, Rwanda pivoted towards the Anglophone world. But not entirely.
Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives?
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.
Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript.
Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
Mme Soazig de la Moissonniere/Elysee.
Macron's portrait and taste in literature are full of political symbols to be sussed.
The Sun King (seated) could decide someone’s fate with a nod of the head.
At the Versailles court, a well-directed glance could decide a person's fate. Imagine if Donald Trump were so subtle.
Marine Le Pen at a political rally in Metz, France.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace.
Donald Trump has a Versailles-inspired apartment. There's a popular TV series and now, a new exhibition of treasures from the palace. A glittering symbol of aristocratic frivolity, Versailles was, in fact, a place of awesome royal power.
A man sits and reflects alongside the French flag near the site of the Nice attack.
France has a long history of protest and terror attacks from a range of different groups.
Adolf Hitler and his entourage take a stroll in Paris on June 23, 1940.
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One publisher spent over 40 years trying to profit off Hitler’s hateful tome.
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
An exhibition about France’s long history in Algeria.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.