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.

Stories of war in France: a visit to Bonaguil, and a dark memorial nearby

Badly hit in battle - find out more about the French castle Bonaguil as we revisit stories of war in France.
 France

Condom - What's in a name?

What an odd name! Ray takes us on a journey to discover some rather oddly named locations in France.
 France

Only in France? how to eat an ortolan - not for the fainthearted!

The ortolan is a traditional - but outlawed - dish. We discuss this controversial French delicacy.
 France

The French foie gras debate: Arnie Schwarzenegger, Prince Charles & the Vatican

Animal cruelty or simply tradition? See what you think after we look at the debate on foie gras.
 France

The Statue of Liberty: a French connection in New York harbour

Does the statue of liberty represent a paradox in French and American political thought?
 France

In search of Rousseau's 'noble savage'

Did Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his idea of the noble savage boost French exploration in the 1700s?
 France

World War II: French doctors, English nurses and three grumpy old men

A very grumpy French leader & the historical victory of World War II: VE Day
 Paris, France

Jean Moulin: France's hero? Unravelling fact from fiction

Who was Jean Moulin? And was he really one of the great heroes of the French Resistance?
 France

They left their blood in France: Tasmania's fallen soldiers of the Great War

Nearly 3000 Tasmanian soldiers died in the Great War. They are remembered at Soldiers' Memorial Ave.
 France

Portrait of a hero: the story of French war prisoner Jacques Chantre

From corn fields to concentration camps, Jacques Chantre’s nightmare began at the age of 23.
 France