ncumbent presidential candidate Faure Gnassingbe casts his ballot in Lome April 25, 2015.

Winds of change will not sweep Togo says government, as hopes of new "Black Spring" fade

Voters in Togo took to the polls on Saturday to elect their new president. Outgoing leader Faure Gnassingbé is expected to win a third term, yet his main rival Jean Pierre Fabre has called for an end to his family’s rule of almost 50 years.

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The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer
21/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Cannes Director's Fortnight film festival has announced its selection. It's full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity, according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (R) and its president Pierre Lescure (L) announce the competing films at the 68th Cannes Film Festival,  Paris, 16 April 2015.
16/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015
Big stars like Cate Blanchett, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and Matthew McConaughey feature in the films among those competing next month in the 2015 edition of the Cannes Film ...
Regular programming was to resume after unions ended the strike
16/04/2015 - FRANCE

Most of the striking employees of public broadcaster Radio France returned to work Thursday and regular programming was to resume after unions ended a 28-day strike.

14/04/2015 - FRANCE

An Edith Piaf exhibition opens at Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) on Tuesday, beginning commemorations to mark the centenary of her birth in 1915.

The Hermione docked in La Rochelle
14/04/2015 - Report: France

The voyage will be televised. And tweeted. And posted on Facebook… Unlike the original Hermione, which set sail to the United States from France in 1780, the reconstructed Hermione will be well documented.

La Promenade by Pierre Bonnard.
30/03/2015 - France
A collection of about 100 paintings, sketches and memorabilia from French painter Pierre Bonnard fetched 5.5 million euros at an auction in Fontainebleau near Paris on Sunday.
The contract for Dieudonné's show in Avignon has been cancelled by the venue's manager.
25/03/2015 - Culture/FRANCE

A show by controversial French comic Dieudonné will not open in the southern city of Avignon Saturday as scheduled after a court ruled that the venue's operator could cancel the lease.

Inside the Musée d'Orsay in Paris
19/03/2015 - France

The Musee d'Orsay has dropped its ban on visitors taking photos of artworks after France's culture minister openly flouted the restriction on Monday, sparking criticism.