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.

Oscar Wilde: courting controversy in life, love & death – down and out in Paris

Join us as we discuss how homosexuality and controversy tormented the life and death of Oscar Wilde.
 Paris, France

The ‘68 riots and the French fight for sexual freedom: Egalité! Liberté! Fraternité! Sexualité!

The fight for sexual freedom! Discover more about the events of May '68.

Emmanuel Macron: bad language in the Élysée? – Quelle horreur !

Is the French language at risk? Join us as we investigate reports of so-called bad language in the Élysée.
 Paris, France

Exploring Moissac: a pearl of medieval architecture – Saint Peter’s got the keys

Join us as we take a virtual tour to explore the medieval village of Moissac – a pearl of French history & architecture.

History rewritten: de Gaulle & French liberation – a victor’s perspective

Was the myth of French liberation glorified by de Gaulle? Is this an example of history rewritten?

The darker side to Bordeaux: France and the slave trade – from past to present

Discover the dark history of Bordeaux and its historical links to the notorious slave trade.
 Bordeaux, France

Napoleon: a tale of life and death – the unkindest cut

Myth or reality? Propaganda or truth? Join us as we explore the story behind Napoleon's dismembered body part.

International relations: Anglo-French alliance WWII to Brexit — the end of the affaire?

Explore international relations between France and the UK, and discover the Anglo-French alliance from WWII until the present.

Cultural differences debate: France, the UK, and the bidet - top 4

Join us as we explore 4 key cultural differences between France and the UK, with a focus on the bidet.

Simone de Beauvoir: women of the world – only 217 years to go

With gender inequality making headlines worldwide, we take a look back at Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex'.