First day of summer 'soldes', Parisian-style

As the first day of summer soldes (sales) draws near, Paris’ professional bargain hunters are already sharpening their spears. Here are a few tips on how to survive a first day of a soldes experience.
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There is a right way to cut the cheese...

Sitting down to dinner with uninformed manners in Paris is not a good idea, as one risks both ruining everyone's appetite and accepting blame for having single-handedly butchered the art of French cuisine. Here are a few lessons learned the hard way.
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Paris gets muy caliente

In a city that generally shuns spice, Mexican cuisine has never been very accessible nor good in Paris. Yet the city’s shortlist of not just edible, but inspiring Mexican restaurants seems to be growing as a handful of new taquerias crop up.
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Interpreting the French face

The French face is what hands are to the Italians. It stretches and twists to express a wide range of expressions and emotions with the same elasticity of a rubber band. Here’s a look at some recurrent French faces and how to interpret their meaning.
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Top 10 terraces in Paris

One of Paris' undeniable charms is its terrace culture. Here's a look at the city's 10 best terraces, from sophisticated and chic to favourite neighbourhood dive.
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Canal Saint-Martin, a veritable catwalk

As the weather turns warm in Paris, crowds swarm the city's ever-popular Canal Saint-Martin, transforming it into a prime spot to see what Parisians are wearing this summer.
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Woody, the Sarkozys, and other notables outside the main Cannes line-up

What stands out among films outside the central line-up this year? Woody Allen in Paris (with First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy), President Sarkozy skewered onscreen, a teen romance by Gus Van Sant, and the latest from French heavyweight André Téchiné.

The jury is in

Robert De Niro will be presiding over a typically international jury mixing glamorous actors, well-regarded industry professionals, and a literary figure with a serious film legacy. Will they agree on the winners?

A Moment with Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell has written five novels - the most recent won the prestigious literary Costa Novel Award. 'The Hand that First Held Mine' weaves together two stories, one set in the present day, the other in post-war London.
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The bad boy of the photo world asks Eve Jackson if girls from Birmingham are good in bed.


At 82 can you still call someone as a ‘bad boy?’ I’m not sure. ‘Bad’ might be a bit strong but William Klein, without doubt, still has a definite glint in his eye. The artist, film-maker, and fashion photographer is best-known for his strange, exhilarating images of Fifties New York that have influenced generations of photographers. 60 years on his unique vision hasn’t faded. He’s this year’s guest of honour at the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan in the south of France. When we meet he pretends to be unimpressed by the event and the work that he’s seen– it’s only later he confesses to finding it interesting and says it’s a delight to be there. (Something he’d probably deny if you asked him.) His work is startlingly different to all the other work on show.