French

My French lesson has taken a most unexpected turn

3 April 2021 9:00 am

‘Alas, David can’t be here this afternoon,’ I told the French teacher as she let me into her light and…

Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

22 April 2020 6:24 pm

One of the persistent misconceptions of the riots that swept through France in the autumn of 2005 is that they…

Brugge: best not to call it Bruges

Woe betide you if you try to speak French in Flanders

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Usually, one of the first indications that you’ve entered a bilingual country is that the road signs are in two…

A fingertip symphony in a deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Two stylists work at this deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser. Christelle is a gorgeous 17-year-old point-of-lay pullet, so lithe and…

Forget the Germans. It’s the French who made classical music what it is

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The poor French. When we think of classical music, we always think of the Germans. It’s understandable. Instinctive. Ingrained. But…

Young Italians flock to London – for just the same reasons it scares me

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Although I live in the country in Northamptonshire, I go to London often — almost once a week — and…

What the French now mean when they say ‘bugger’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The French for tête-à-tête is one-to-one now, according to a new survey of English invaders by Alexandre des Isnards. Actually,…

Why I won’t let my children learn French

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why I won’t let my children be taught French

The Frogs of war

7 December 2013 9:00 am

How France became the neocons’ favourite nation