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Letter from Paris: Birds do it…but bees do it for free!

A commune of about 65,000 inhabitants today, Levallois used to be an industrial town until World War II.

The incredible odyssey of Cleopatra’s needle

AT the centre of much excitement these days is an exhibition at the Naval Museum in Paris that traces the fantastic...

The man who died of living too much

WILLIAM Boyd’s latest book Solo whose French translation appeared last week in Paris has been the cause of much...

Identical twins from outer space?

NO one was particularly surprised to read in the newspapers that Igor Bogdanov had been charged with piloting a...

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls

“TOMORROW thou shalt be a woman, my son,” read one of the banners during the colossal Sunday demonstration in...

The man who knew too much

ARGUABLY perhaps, The Prophecies which was published in several instalments between 1555 and 1568 has remained the...

Is the French president losing his consciousness?

“CONNAISSANCE” is a French word with multiple senses. It can be used to define ‘consciousness’ or to ...

The discordant colours of moneymaking

IT is well-known that young people can be terribly sensitive to moralistic messages. This is a great virtue that is...

Diamonds are a Jain’s best friends

VISITING Antwerp any time of the year, even in mid-winter, is a great pleasure. The city is full of many an...

What is the worth of an art masterpiece?

NOVEMBER-December is the gloomiest period of the year in Paris. Dark clouds hang low and even when they’re not...

Yulia Tymoshenko: princess or swindler?

TELEVISION news addicts, at least here in Europe, were entranced in the earlier years of this century by the...

With feet in the water and head among the stars

JACQUES Rougerie’s earliest souvenirs are that of the Atlantic Ocean. Born in 1945 in the Ivory Coast where his...

The rise and haul of Lady Liberty

A GOOD 20-minute walk from Paris’s Arc of Triumph will take you to n°25 rue de Chazelles. The dull and ...

The Bohemian, the Sparrow and the Stranger

THE French take not an unjustifiable pride in what they call their ‘cultural exception’. Following this line of...

Jeweller from Nice now a national hero

NEITHER President François Hollande’s swaggering asseveration from Bamako last week that the French army has...

Marseille: icon of Europe’s culture or a mafia town?

“YOU call that gang warfare?” exclaimed the young fellow from Chicago vacationing this summer in Marseille. He...

A soldier’s tragic beau geste

JOINING the French Foreign Legion, or Légion Etrangère, is very different from enlisting into the army of one’s...

Is DSK the modern-day Marquis de Sade?

Many of DSK’s ‘invitees’ disclosed they were beaten during orgies - this inevitably brings to mind the Marquis de Sade.

Waiting for the Great Gatsby

THE two islands in the middle of river Seine connected by a bridge form the heart of the oldest quarter of Paris....

The angriest of all angry young men

WHAT had appeared to be an eternal winter with no spring in sight and rain and snowfall on the daily menu, has...

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An unequal battle

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Life without dignity

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Parveen Rehman case

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