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.

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'.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The life and art of ‘The Little Prince’

Join us as we explore his best-selling literary masterpiece 'Le petit prince'.

Mézin: exploring a medieval metropolis in rural France

Mézin is a historical and cultural oasis — join us as we explore the beauty and intrigue of this medieval village.

André Guitat: Burgundy – good & bad years

Read of the courageous life of André Guitat during WW2. Prisoner, hero, saviour and survivor! Lest we forget.

World War I: the war to end all wars?

At 11am, 11 November we observe 2 mins silence in remembrance of The Glorious Dead from the Great War: Armistice Day

Joan of Arc: burnt at the stake for wearing the trousers

Who was Joan of Arc? Brush up on key life events and explore her role as a medieval feminist in fifteenth century France.

Cartoon hero Tintin: rise and fall

Tintin, too controversial or heroic? Explore the rise and fall of this adventurous character and his author.

L’HUMA: beware! music, politics, nudity - another way to see Paris

l'Huma festival: why it's considered as a rite of passage in France - music, politics, 3-day entertainment - not to be missed in Paris
 Paris, France

Ghouls behind the guillotine: an iconic symbol of French history

Just how gruesome was the guillotine in France? Read on to discover more about this medieval killing machine.

What's the most important daily paper in France

Love the French daily papers? Find out which one is the most critical to have with you at all times.