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.

Two cheers for President Macron

Touch & Go? There’s still the “Third Round” legislative elections to renew the Assemblée Nationale, scheduled for 12 & 19 June.

Europe holds its Breath: the future of France

Many of France’s 48 million voters — especially those on the left — are asking themselves what the least bad option is. Or would it be better to simply stay at home and ignore both candidates in the decisive second round?

Rudolf Nureyev — life, loves, and the KGB

Born on a train in Eastern Siberia on March 17, 1938, Rudolf Nureyev, a young Tartar became a stupendous dancer.

Macron, and Putin, and Ukraine: can 'jaw jaw' ever stop 'war war'?

no one wanted to call it what it is... a 'flashpoint' an 'impasse' a 'crisis.' And finally a war it is.

Call of the Pyrénées: unveiling the intrigue and magic #1

An insider series that is stacked with intriguing facts and enticing reasons for visiting the Pyrénées.

Advice from a Melbourne pub: France for Christmas – leave the stockings at home

Don't be the turkey this year! I overheard some great advice on spending Christmas in France
 Melbourne, France

Carcassonne et tout ça — what's your view?

The easy way out is to hope & pray that none of this leads back to the yellow badges of Carcassonne and WWII

Versailles to Glasgow — lot's of hot air

A tale of 2 world conferences 100 years apart — and 2 pandemics that went with them.

French language trouble Part 4: And the winner is... do you care?

If fluency in French is no longer the sharp-tipped arrow in the quiver of career opportunities... it has the soft power of being very chic for a foreigner to speak.

Trouble with French Part 3: The home straight — Can you relate?

English has gradually expanded on every continent & French is definitely falling behind in the race - how will it fare on the home straight?