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A carving knife and fork in the distinctive Laguiole design
18/04/2014 - France

Laguiole - French village fights for right to use its name

A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses' right to use its name to sell their products.

Cannes Film festival director Gilles Jacob at Thursday's press conference
18/04/2014 - France

World cinema on show at Cannes Film Festival 2014

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival selection resists any temptation to be swamped by Hollywood, with films from around the world and by new talents as well as cinema veterans like Jean-Luc Godard.

Catherine Deneuve
17/04/2014 - France

Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau in spat over Hollande

French screen idol Catherine Deneuve has rounded on fellow actress Sophie Marceau, after the former Bond girl insulted president François Hollande.

Marcello Mastroanni, Cannes Film Festival 2014 official poster
17/04/2014 - France

Jean-Luc Godard, Ryan Gosling, Eric Cantona all make 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Films by Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, the Dardennes brothers and David Cronenberg are among those chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival, it ...

Writer and explorer Thierry Jamin on expedition in the Megantoni National Park
15/04/2014 - Interview: Peru - France

French explorer launches search for Inca lost city

A French explorer is planning to search for a lost Incan city reputed to hold vast treasure.

The hotel Lutetia, à Paris
14/04/2014 - France

Landmark Paris hotel closes for three-year renovation

Paris's landmark art déco hotel, Le Lutetia, closed on Monday for renovations that will take three years and cost nearly 100 million euros.

Adolf Hitler with French Vichy government leader Philippe Pétain in 1940
14/04/2014 - France - Germany

Nazi memorabilia auction cancelled after French minister, Jewish groups protest

A French auction house has scrapped a sale of objects that belonged to Nazi leaders Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering after Culture Minister Aurélie Flipetti joined Jewish groups in calling ...

The Comedy of Errors
13/04/2014 - Report: Culture

An all-male cast performs Shakespeare in Marseille

The Criée Theatre in Marseille is joining in Shakespeare’s 450th birthday party with a comic double-bill.

François I by Jean Clouet (around 1530)
11/04/2014 - France - China

Twelve great French paintings loaned to Hong Kong, Macau for Le French May

Twelve masterpieces from French museums are to travel to the Chinese territory of Macau as part of the Le French May season, celebrated annually on the island and in Hong Kong.

The manuscript of 120 Days of Sodom written by Sade in 1785
03/04/2014 - France - Switzerland

Sade's 120 Days of Sodom to return to France after two centuries' adventures

One of the most notorious works of erotica in the history of world literature is to be returned to France.

The French historian Jacques Le Goff in 1988
01/04/2014 - France

Influential French historian Jacques Le Goff dies aged 90

Frenchman Jacques Le Goff, one of the most influential medieval historians of modern times, died in Paris on Tuesday aged 90.

Mick Jagger (L) with L'Wren Scott in 2012
28/03/2014 - France

Rolling Stones Paris gig sold out in 51 minutes

An upcoming Rolling Stones concert in Paris was sold out in less than an hour, organisers said Friday. Fans snapped all 75,000 tickets in 51 minutes, they reported.

The programme for the 68th Avignon Festival.
23/03/2014 - France

Avignon Festival heads in new direction with echoes from the past

The programme for the 68th Avignon Festival, one of the largest annual international theatre events in the world, has been unveiled in Paris.

14/03/2014 - France - India

France busts international cannabis money-laundering network

French police have busted one of the biggest cannabis money-laundering networks ever discovered in the country.

A chest of drawers from the Félix Marcilhac collection
13/03/2014 - France

Paris art nouveau, art deco auction breaks records

The sale of a collection of Art Déco and Art Nouveau objects, belonging to Paris art expert Félix Marcilhac, attracted 21 record sums, auctioneers Sotheby’s and Artcurial ...

The poster for The Monuments Men
08/03/2014 - France - Germany

France gives back Nazi-seized paintings as Clooney's Monuments Men hits French screens

France is to give back three paintings pillaged by the Nazis on Tuesday, the day before George Clooney's film The Monuments Men opens in French cinemas.

A still from 14 millions de cris
08/03/2014 - France

Gayet stars in anti-forced marriage film

A French short film on forced marriages, released to coincide with International Women's Day, has caused a stir but not for the reasons you may expect.

Founder Muriel Pernin at "Les Atelières" lingerie plant, Villeurbanne, 4 March, 2014
04/03/2014 - France

Ex Lejaby French lingerie workers look set to shut shop

A co operative set up by skilled former workers at Lejaby lingerie looks set to close as angry staff blame banks for lack of funding.

Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares with their award for best animated short film "Mr. Hublot".
03/03/2014 - France - United States

French film "Mr. Hublot" wins Best animated short film Oscar

"Mr Hublot", a joint Franco-Luxembourger production, took the prize for Best animated short film at the US Academy Awards on Sunday, beating the Disney favourite "Get a ...

Alain Resnais at the Cannes Film Festival with (L-R) Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azema, Anne Consigny and Denis Podalydes
02/03/2014 - France

From Hiroshima mon Amour to the Life of Riley, French film-maker Alain Resnais dies, aged 91

French film-maker Alain Resnais died "surrounded by his family" in Paris on Saturday evening, the producer of his last films, Jean-Louis Livi has announced.

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The zoo at Jardins des Plantes houses around 900 animals from over 200 different species, including birds...