• An Early Christmas Gift Courtesy of the French Strike

    An Early Christmas Gift

    My plans for Paris this week have been well and truly scuppered. A December trip, planned with military precision to squeeze in time with clients and friends was upended at the last minute. My  Eurostar was cancelled due to the…

  • Femicide in France

    France & Femicide

    France recorded its 100th case of femicide this year at the beginning of the month. With one of the highest rates of female murders perpetrated by partners, ex partners or male family members in Europe, it’s estimated that a woman…

  • Nantes "Steve' fountain via @isidornazereth on Twitter

    Justice for Steve

    A crimson lake pools around he Fountain de la Plece Royale in Nantes, reflecting the summer sunshine. Pale marble sculptures with black armbands, newly attached, stand knee deep in a sea of vivid red dye. A white sheet hangs over…

  • Villeneuve-d'Ascq. It was the summer of 'Joe le taxi' & my first trip to France with a school exchange to Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France's equivalent to Milton Keynes.


    My first real taste of France was a school French exchange trip. I found myself paired with Dorothé, a fearless, Amazonian girl of the same age from Villeneuve-d’Ascq, a new town in northern France. Infinitely more sophisticated than me, Dorothé…