A dedicated Francophile’s perspective on all things French from an expat Aussie living in France. Ray's perspective is beyond the clichés, viewing the fascinating and often never-before-heard-of angles helping the reader gain a deeper understanding of the 'real' France. 'Perspectives' shares refreshing and sometimes shocking views of places, people, history, culture, gastronomy, and much, much more —you’ll never be underwhelmed.

The French kiss!

As the coronavirus spreads across Europe, French citizens are ordered to stop kissing!

La France profonde: 4 must visit places - exploring rural France

Planning your next trip to France? Discover some of the best picks in places to visit off the beaten track

Sigmaringen: two lessons from a dark past

Except for the darker side Sigmaringen could almost have been designed by Walt Disney for one of his early movies.

Domestic Violence in France: Quel Scandale ! ( Not only France!)

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”

Heroes of WWII in France - Females all of them! - Part 1 - Violette Szabo

Violette was born in Paris in 1921. Her father was a publican, taxi-driver and car salesman from London. When her parents went back to Stockwell in England, Violette stayed on in Picardy with her aunt for financial reasons.

Beauty and the beasts

Eugène Paul Louis Schueller, the founder of a huge cosmetics company, was a thoroughly nasty piece of work. So were most of his friends.

Collaboration versus resistance—alive, well and living in France

This week we celebrate the anniversary of the Liberation of Paris in August 1944. What have we learned in the 75 years since the Nazis were driven out of France?

Colette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner”

Scandals and sexual exploits: discover the secret life of the incredible Colette.

D-Day: Tiger to Trump

The 75th anniversary of D-Day: The beautiful coastline of Devon is packed with tourists every summer holiday season. In the spring of 1944 it was invaded by 30,000 American soldiers.