Posts Tagged ‘France’

Warrior-gymnasts in Tonkin, Vietnam, 1909

French overlords in colonial-era Vietnam make the locals do ridiculous things

On the attacks in Paris

Le Ca Rillon and Le Petit Cambodge, both hit by Islamic State, were two of my favorites in Paris

Charles de Gaulle campaign poster

After the attacks by Islamic State in Paris the old slogan “With You, For You” is fitting


When I stumbled into John Galliano’s greatest show

On John Galliano’s return, a memory of seeing one of his greatest moments

Portrait of a boy, Paris, early-20th C

A magnificent portrait found in Paris leads to two legendary photographers

My new Hermès article is now out

I travel to French Basque country for the latest in the series I write and photograph for Hermès


In Paris, this photo is illegal

Street photography is against the law in the place in which it was born

In Paris, the Olympics are all about judo

Jingoism is bad enough but someone else’s jingoism is truly excruciating

Did Bashar al-Assad pay for this photo?

In 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy brought Bashar al-Assad in from the cold. Why?


What will France do about the Far Right?

Ignore Marine Le Pen. The French were just fed up with Sarkozy, not mainstream right policies

Does this man look like a French President?

François Hollande seems inadequate to the challenge ahead but Sarkozy proved an unserious President

Vietnam Chante revolutionary songs, Paris, France, c1967

Employing everything from martial chants to opera in support of revolution in Vietnam


Good coffee arrives in Paris at last

Parisians will one day have the heated partisan debates about coffee they now have about macarons

Did Gaddafi give Sarkozy 50m euros?

France’s dealings in Africa have often been sordid but Libya had seemed a break from this tradition

Typography and world conquest

This exhibition shows the moment colonial expansion brought the Gutenberg revolution to the world


There’s a soixante-huitard feel to these Occupy protests

Will Zuccotti Park be the Blvd Saint-Michel of our era? These posters suggest a similar spirit

The French submarines/Pakistan attacks the US scandal

It all ties together, if any of it is true

Are American conservatives the new French?

Libya suggests that conservatives want chest-beating glory more than they want success


What is this photograph showing?

It is chilling once you figure it out

Chocolat Pupier Asian cultures album, France, 1936

A 1936 collectible album for children, embedded with the politics of its age

French diary from WWII

The cramped hand suggests a shortage of paper, the mysterious letters and numbers hint at a code


Malcolm Gladwell’s inexplicable indulgence of an anti-Semite

Was the L’Oréal founder and Nazi collaborator merely a pragmatist, as Gladwell contends?

Reading about Sarkozy and French nativists

French cultural insecurity eviscerates the universalism of the Rights of Man

Teenager’s songbook, France, early-1960s

A handwritten record of a French teenager’s musical passions in the early-1960s