Naked truths: The decline of naturism in France

Naturist groups at Festival de l’Humanité music festival

French naturism is going through generational and political turmoil, as social attitudes harden and the state’s influence on how people dress becomes a hot-button issue

France then, now and in the future

Rich in history and tradition, France offers record numbers of visitors a mix of old and new with high-tech attractions and futuristic architecture

The spirit of France is more than its wine

As one of the world’s leading producers of wine, it’s easy to forget that beyond its thousands of vineyards, France has a booming sector in other alcoholic drinks

Place Vendôme: no place quite like it for Parisian chic

There can hardly be a more glamorous and glittering address than the Place Vendôme in Paris, a square teeming with world-class jewellers, well-toned security guards and celebrity visitors

Bordeaux, Nantes and Marseilles: three bright stars on the horizon

Marseilles Given its gritty past, it was perhaps no surprise that Marseilles stars as the setting for the Netflix series starring Gérard Depardieu as the coke-snorting mayor. Yet France’s second city has undergone a huge metamorphosis from criminal to cultural capital of the Mediterranean and, in 2013, was crowned European capital of culture. As part [Read more]

Exporting French lifestyle and know-how

French exports span a wide range of goods and services, from aerospace and luxury, telecoms and cars to biros, razors and disposable lighters, bringing in multi-billions to the national economy

Kick-starting a digital revolution

France is kick-starting its digital economy with government backing, training for coders and engineers, and investment in startups to create a tech cluster with the aim of rivalling Silicon Valley

Sharing art and french savoir faire

Compelled by budget cuts at home, French museums are looking overseas to establish outposts – in return for foreign cash