Closure of an iconic Paris bookshop alarms French bibliophiles

Hit hard by the pandemic, the flagship Gibert Jeune store is closing its doors – one of many booksellers in the city feeling the strain of Covid-19 Paris, a great literary city, is losing one of its most celebrated bookshops. Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in […]

Call My Agent’s Camille Cottin: ‘Don’t we need culture more than we need shopping?’

The scene-stealing star of the French comedy series – a word-of-mouth Netflix hit – on her journey from a prank show in Paris to co-stardom with Matt Damon “I bought a few sheep during lockdown. Nobody told me they’d eat all my plants. How Parisian is that?” I’m discussing the pandemic with actor Camille Cottin, […]

Fashion legend Martin Margiela to make comeback as artist

Reclusive Belgian who retired as designer in 2009 will stage Paris exhibition of his artwork in April After 12 years out of the public eye, the reclusive fashion designer Martin Margiela has announced his comeback – as an artist. The Belgian, who retired from fashion design in 2009, is to exhibit at the Lafayette Anticipations […]

How tough will Joe Biden be on the US shale industry?

The president-elect plans to reduce incentives for fracking, but has stopped short of a ban The result of the US election has cast a long shadow across the US shale heartlands. Joe Biden wants to make the climate crisis his top priority, sparking real hope for global efforts to avert an environmental catastrophe and real […]

‘I am sick of comfort wear’: how 2020 legitimised leggings

For many of us, this year has involved a lot of working from home – and with it comfort. But when things return to ‘normal’, don’t expect the spandex to disappear It is Monday morning and time for her weekly video meeting, so Alice, a 35-year-old author and writer based in Paris, does what she […]

The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe?

With Trump no longer a threat, there is a sense of optimism around what the accord could achieve – but only if countries meet their targets No one who was in the hall that winter evening in a gloomy conference centre on the outskirts of the French capital will ever forget it. Tension had been […]

How drawing comics is helping me mentally survive lockdown

In quarantine, I’ve faced down loneliness and fear with paper and ink I’m sitting at a cafe table in Paris, wearing impractically high-heeled boots, sipping espresso and blowing cigarette smoke into the air. Here I am swimming in the deep ocean, making friends with an octopus. One week after our state declared official lockdown, I […]

Leap of faith for historic home in France

To renovate her parents’ home, one French designer insisted they throw everything out and start from scratch After graduating from architecture school, Marine Bonnefoy decided it was time to get her hands dirty. “My studies were very intellectually oriented and had no link to actual construction,” she recalls. “By the end of them, I hadn’t […]

The big picture: underwater cycling with Bruno Barbey

The French photographer, renowned for images of conflict as well as moments of surreal beauty, died earlier this month In the obituaries of Bruno Barbey, among the greatest of photojournalists, who died aged 79 on 9 November, one quotation was ever-present: “Photography,” Barbey said, “is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the […]

Thieves steal luxury goods worth €600,000 from Paris home of Saudi princess

The 47-year-old woman has been admitted to hospital with shock after discovering the loss of bags, watches and furs Thieves have taken high-end goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros from the Paris home of a Saudi princess, a source close to the case has said. The 47-year-old princess, who had not set foot in […]

‘Finding them is not rocket science’: the hunt for the Rwandan genocide fugitives

Arrest of Félicien Kabuga in Paris has energised search for others accused of playing role in 1994 genocide No one paid much attention to the stooped old man who lived in the third-floor apartment of the comfortable but unexceptional block in Asnières-sur-Seine, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris. He shuffled off for his daily […]

The price of choice – the fight over abortion in Poland | photo essay

After a court ruling in Poland imposed a near-total ban on abortions, police used pepper spray against those protesting against the changes. Polish photojournalist Kasia Strek, based between Paris and Warsaw, has covered the past few years of debate, protest and activism over Poland’s restrictive abortion laws as part of a wider project on abortion […]

Kim Kardashian West at 40: how the queen of social media changed the world

By exchanging her privacy for eyewatering wealth, Kardashian West defines our time like no one else. Now, she has dialled back the nudity, presented a family-oriented image – and even appealed to Donald Trump’s compassionate side In the early hours of 3 October 2016, shortly before her 36th birthday, Kim Kardashian West found herself with […]

Bars in Paris before and after Covid curfew – in pictures

On Saturday, Paris went under a night-time curfew that will last at least a month. France has reported another record for new coronavirus cases, with more than 32,000 registered in 24 hours Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A bar on the Rue de Seine Continue reading…

How to make French onion soup – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

The cheesy, crouton-topped classic gets the Felicity Cloake treatment Though there are, of course, other onion soups (Iranian eshkeneh, for example, or Tuscan carabaccia), none has quite captured the international imagination like the “French” variety, said to have originated in the markets of Paris, where the rich, savoury broth fuelled early traders and late-night revellers […]

Chanel and Louis Vuitton veer between future and past

Evocative shows by two of fashion’s biggest names light up a bizarre Paris season The strangest ever season of catwalk shows ended in Paris with Chanel and Louis Vuitton, displaying an industry divided between nostalgia for the razzmatazz of the old normal and a futuristic vision of what fashion could be. The 14-metre white capital […]

New Caledonia rejects independence from France for second time

Secessionists say they will take their campaign to third referendum in 2022 Voters in the French territory of New Caledonia in the south Pacific have narrowly rejected – for a second time – a proposal to break away from Paris, choosing to remain loyal to the French republic in a nationwide referendum. But campaigners for […]

‘Catwalk diversity is here to stay – we’ve never been more visible’: Kenya Hunt

The fashion insider says the high profile of black women on the runway is no passing trend. It’s a long-overdue paradigm shift “It’s ‘in’ to use me and maybe some people do it when they don’t really like me. But even if they are prejudiced, they have to be tactful if they want a good […]

I was booked in at a Paris hotel … that had closed months ago

Hotels.com had assured me all was well but I arrived to find steel shutters over the doors In February, I used Hotels.com to book a room for two nights at the Hotel Cambrai in Paris. I was required to pay the €180 cost up front and there was no refund if I cancelled. Shortly before […]

Michael Lonsdale, Bond villain Hugo Drax in Moonraker, dies aged 89

The César-winning actor appeared in films by François Truffaut and Alain Resnais, and played religious figures in Of Gods and Men and The Name of the Rose Michael Lonsdale, the French-British actor whose best known role was the villain Drax in Moonraker but who also appeared in a string of films by auteur directors such […]

What we are learning about Covid-19 and kids

As schools around the world prepare to reopen, new scientific evidence about children and coronavirus is coming to light Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Back in April, the French epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet found himself leading an investigation in the town of Crépy-en-Valois, a small community of 15,000 inhabitants just to the […]

The Lebanese economy in freefall – a photo essay

Photojournalist Achilleas Zavallis travels to Lebanon and finds a country struggling with the effects of economic decline and mismanagement. Inflation is out of control, destroying the spending power of all but a wealthy minority Lebanon has long been a country that somehow held it together. Through war, insurrection, chaos and intervention, it always prevailed. It […]

Why Trump abandoning the climate fight puts the planet in even more danger – video explainer

After decades of negotiations, all 197 nations in the world decided to voluntarily cut the heat-trapping pollution that is causing the climate crisis by signing the Paris climate agreement. Only a handful of countries have not ratified the deal. But on 4 November, in a coincidence of timing just 24 hours after its presidential election, […]

How Trump is emboldening other countries’ ‘bad behavior’ on the climate crisis

Global voices in the crisis say a US exit from the Paris agreement is damaging, but the fact no other country is leaving shows it can survive this ‘ultimate stress test’ The origins of the world’s historic agreement to tackle climate change, in Paris in 2015, have some familiar themes. Back in 2007, there was […]

How the global climate fight could be lost if Trump is re-elected

The US will officially exit the Paris accord one day after the 2020 US election and architects of that deal say the stakes could not be higher It was a balmy June day in 2017 when Donald Trump took to the lectern in the White House Rose Garden to announce the US withdrawal from the […]

Gucci closes Milan fashion week with a eulogy to fashion as we know it

The latest fashion week mixed the physical with the digital and closed with an epic show from Alessandro Michele. Has the fashion world finally changed for ever? Fashion has been grappling with its existential crisis for months. Broken supply chains, the exposure of racist and classist barriers and labels going seasonless have led to an […]