Natalie J. Doyle reviews 'Revolution' by Emmanuel Macron, translated by Jonathan Goldberg and Juliette Scott and 'The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron: The extraordinary rise and risk' by Adam Plowright

Natalie J. Doyle
21 February 2018

After a succession of dramatic political events across the Western world in 2016, all eyes were on the French presidential election when it took place in the first half of 2017. Would the More

Letter from Paris

Phoebe Weston-Evans
25 May 2017

Springtime allows Parisians to indulge their predilection for life en terrasse. Trees and gardens are blooming, neighbourhood markets and squares are coming alive, and the newly pedestrianised right bank of the Seine is busy with walkers and cyclists.

A rollerblading poet stopped to cadge some tobacco from a friend of mine as we were sitting outside a bar on ... More

Colin Nettelbeck reviews 'Les Parisiennes: How the women of Paris lived, loved, and died in the 1940s' by Anne Sebba

Colin Nettelbeck
30 March 2017

The eminent French historian Annette Wieviorka, in The Era of the Witness (1998, English version in 2006), analyses the difficulties arising, in writing historical narratives about recent times, from the exponential growth in the number of people wanting their stories to be heard. Wieviorka, whose field of specialisation is the Shoah, traces the trend of wh ... More

Episode #13 Peter Rose in conversation with Lee Christofis

28 February 2017

Peter Rose interviews ABR contributor Lee Christofis, who recently attended a number of exhibitions in Paris showcasing works by Léon Bakst, Cy Twombly, and Arnold Schoenberg among others. His visit coincided with the fortieth birthday of the Pompidou Centre. Lee's 'Letter from P ... More

Robert Aldrich reviews 'Liberty or Death: The French Revolution' by Peter McPhee

Robert Aldrich
23 August 2016

The French Revolution never ceases to fascinate. Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre, the storming of the Bastille and the 'Marseillaise', the Terror and its guillotine ...


Peter Monteath reviews 'Fighters in the Shadows: A new history of the French Resistance' by Robert Gildea

Peter Monteath
24 May 2016

Charles de Gaulle remains, for many, the quintessence of Gallic defiance through the dark years of World War II. Not only did he symbolise the famed resistance, he ...


'Letter from Paris' by Colin Nettelbeck

Colin Nettelbeck
23 May 2016

After the horrific massacres in Paris and the ensuing ones in Belgium that were purportedly intended for France, the French were spontaneously drawn together ...