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Macron cast as Brexit tough guy as deadline nears French President Emmanuel Macron is again being cast as a hardliner in Brexit negotiations as he piles pressure on British lawmakers to approve a Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Europe gets the jitters as Italy wheels and deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping As Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a visit to Italy, Monaco and France, the European Union is considering a more defensive commercial strategy with regard to China.
French Word of the Day: tiens "Tiens, tiens, tiens" -- it's impossible to avoid this five letter word when you're in France - but be careful, it has more than one (very common) meaning.
French Senate asks prosecutors to probe Macron aides over Benalla affair In a new twist to the Benalla affair, the French Senate asked judicial authorities to probe three senior aides to Emmanuel Macron over the scandal on Thursday, including the president’s "right-hand man" Alexis Kohler.

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Prints of Provence, fabrics on a marketstall

Prints of Provence: “Les Indiennes” colourful fabrics

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
How could a fabric that originated in India, was copied by Armenians and outlawed in France, become a symbol of Provence? The kaleidoscope of cotton fabrics that punctuate the Provençal markets today just seem to shout “southern France”. They are decorated with cicadas, olives and flowers in colours that reflect the local…
Mimosa ladies in a group

Mimosa Matters fundraising: past, present and future

in Community by Karen Hockney
Five years ago, Mimosa Matters started life as a conversation over coffee among a group of female expats who had all been touched by cancer and were keen to make a difference to the community they live in. Today, this association has raised almost a quarter of a million euros through a variety of innovative and fun events,…