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 […]

Virgil Abloh takes ‘seasonless’ approach in Louis Vuitton menswear launch

With physical shows out of the question the designer turned to a film made up of cartoons and photos to present new work With physical fashion shows on hold, Louis Vuitton has presented its take on the digital fashion show, with a menswear film that blended animation and photography like a trippy take on Who […]

Chanel’s Lagerfeld-inspired haute couture shows how luxury can thrive online

Virginie Viard’s strong designs in chic colours shine, despite digital showcase’s subdued vibe Pre-pandemic, Chanel’s show would be a highlight of any Paris couture schedule – with a set worthy of a movie. Highlights from previous years have included a replica Eiffel Tower, an abandoned theatre and, last season, a library with books lining the […]

Wanted: a cleaner, greener Paris after the coronavirus gloom

The mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is struggling to enthuse her supporters as the capital goes to the polls Sitting on a newly painted bench at Place de la République in central Paris under the gaze of the statue of Marianne – France’s national icon – Laurent David suggested the square could be a metaphor for the […]

Jazz solos: concerts for one in Paris ‘generate a kind of magic’

La Gare jazz club offers experience to solo audiences during coronavirus pandemic At the entrance to La Gare jazz club, a former railway station in a northern district of Paris, customers form a physically distanced queue to sign up for the evening’s concerts. Julien de Casabianca, the venue director, adds their names to a list. […]

‘I pedalled down the Mall and through Trafalgar Square’: how I became a cyclist during lockdown

As the traffic seeps back, this newly confident rider is determined not to return to his old ways – exploring the capital on two wheels has made him feel fit, happy and free In Marianne Faithfull’s song The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, the titular heroine laments, at the age of 37, from the stifling comfort […]

House music: Tim Ashley’s watching and listening picks

In our new series, critics tell us about the music they’re listening to at home. This week, Tim Ashley returns to live concerts and is overwhelmed by Strauss Two concerts live-streamed from the Philharmonie de Paris have profoundly touched me in the last few days. Both marked the beginnings of a return to live music, albeit […]

‘Cleaner and greener’: Covid-19 prompts world’s cities to free public space of cars

Campaigners call for schemes for cyclists and pedestrians across the globe to be made long-term Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The mayor of Athens has said he will “liberate” public space from cars. His counterpart in Paris says it is out of the question for the city to return to pre-coronavirus […]

Cécile Rol-Tanguy obituary

One of the great figures of the French resistance Cécile Rol-Tanguy, who has died aged 101, was one of the great figures of the French resistance. She came from a communist family and worked in tandem with her husband, Henri Rol-Tanguy, who led the irregular French forces in the Paris insurrection of August 1944. Long […]

The Eddy review – dark musical drama needs some jazzing up

Far from La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s Netflix series struggles to meld its story of poverty and precarity in the Parisian underbelly with its extended musical interludes If you come to The Eddy (Netflix) with hopes for a reprise of its executive producer and lead director Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning La La Land, you should set […]

French hospital discovers Covid-19 case from December

Man found to have had virus a month before government confirmed first cases A French hospital that retested old samples from pneumonia patients has discovered that it treated a man with the coronavirus as early as 27 December, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases. Dr Yves Cohen, head of resuscitation […]

The big picture: Paul Almasy and the ‘grey sisters’ of Paris

The Hungarian photographer captures nuns social distancing as a way of life in 1950s Paris Paul Almasy took this photograph of nuns working at a hospice in Paris in 1952. The photographer, a Hungarian aristocrat who had given up a career as a diplomat to become a journalist, had based himself in the city after […]

‘You’re not welcome’: rap’s racial divide in France

While the genre is hugely popular in the country and sells in vast numbers, the French music industry and politicians have tried to downplay its success Dave’s Mercury prize-winning debut album, Psychodrama, was the biggest-selling British rap album in the UK in 2019, certified gold for selling more than 100,000 units. Those numbers wouldn’t even […]

Snapshots of a world in lockdown: ‘The crisis has crossed a new threshold’

At noon on 4 April 2020, the day Covid-19 cases passed 1m globally, photojournalist Lucien Lung used webcams from Antarctica to Argentina to capture images of the global shutdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Photographer Lucien Lung had been trying to unique find a way to cover the coronavirus pandemic despite […]