May 21st

On May 21st, 1851, Léon Bourgeois was born – a man who went on to become the 49th Prime Minister of France and the first President of the League of Nations.

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May 18th

On This Day in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was elected as the Emperor of French. His reign would change the world irreparably. British historian Andrew Roberts stated, “The ideas that underpin our modern world—meritocracy, equality before the law, property rights, religious toleration, modern secular education, sound finances, and so on—were championed, consolidated, codified and geographically extended by Napoleon.…

April 25th

On this day in 1792, the guillotine was first used in France on the highwayman Nicolas Pelletier. Following the proposal made by Dr Guillotin on October 10th 1789 to the Constituent Assembly that criminals sentenced to death should be beheaded due to qualities relating to ‘humanity’ and ‘equality’ as the most humane method of execution,…

French Presidential Election 2017: Macron v Le Pen – De Gaulle’s Last Stand

Centrist europhile Emmanuel Macron (24%, En Marche!) and staunch eurosceptic Marine Le Pen (21.3%, National Front) have beaten off all the establishment candidates. This has created an extraordinary match-up between two extremely different candidates. This election will prove tremendously significant in determining the direction France will take over the next five years and beyond, with wide repercussions for Europe.

April 8th

On this day in 1973, revered artist Pablo Picasso died.

His influence on art, particularly the style of Cubism, was an evolutionary process that took two decades and then spanned a career lasting over 70 years.

March 27th

On March 27th, 1785, Louis XVII of France was born. His short life coincided with the French Revolution (1789) which saw the overhaul of the French government and the disestablishment of his family’s monarchy.

March 26th

On March 26th, 1793, the War in the Vendée commenced. The insurrection, which occurred during the period of the French Revolution (which began in 1789), is defined by its counter-revolutionary, Royalist themes.