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Marseilles twinned with Chicago !

France’s second city has been described as being “the Chicago of the South”. A three billion Euro Plan has just been announced for ongoing regeneration of Marseilles – where crime has now reached such a level that there are even requests to call in the army . . .

You’ll probably remember Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle […]

Four Midi-Pyrenees stages on the 2014 Tour de France route

Four Midi-Pyrenees stages, and three in the UK !

The 2014 Tour de France route has been announced and another historic first will occur – the Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire, England! Yes, you did read that correctly and it is not the 1st April!

The first three stages of the 2014 Tour […]

Foodie Heaven – THIS is Paris

They were digging up the cobblestones with a jackhammer the day I visited Rue Montorgeuil. The noise was nothing short of sacrilegious, and my pilgrimage to one of Paris’ most revered foodie shrines seemed doomed from the start.

But just before one o’clock, as if by divine command, the evil din died abruptly, the workmen […]

Wednesday 4th September was marked by French and German recognition of the 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane.

Hollande, he who was recently photographed with the inane grin, and Joachim Gauck, the German President, attended a remembrance ceremony in the cemetery at Oradour.

On 10th June 1944, 207 men of the SS unit ‘the 3rd Company of 1st Battalion of Der Fürher Regiment’ arrived in a small village […]

The World comes to the Pyrenees Audoises, 31 July – 4 August

The end of July saw the preview parade of 2013’s World “Festival of International ” en Pyrénéés Audois. We saw demonstration dances from India, Georgia, Peru, Thailand and a frightening display from Maoris of New Zealand. Accompanying them were ‘local’ dancers and music to entertain us: Les Hauts de l’Aude, La Batucada Botofogo Samba, Les […]

Flying saucers and Silurian ‘lizard people’ seen in Bugarach, a scoop by Mon Oc

By your Alien Matters Correspondent: Irma Roz-Well

Last December 21st Bugarach, an Aude village, was host to a very damp squib. Hundreds of the news fraternity assembled to report on the foretold ‘End of the World Apocalypse’.

The Bugarach Mountain was to open up and the ‘Lizard’ race that inhabits the Silurian Layer of […]

Coming to a town near you, very soon !

Did you see the size of that fish? Photograph JOHN MARSHALL

Cantonnier dwellings across France

The great doyen of engineering, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (and I know one of his relations) was responsible for many of the roads in the UK.

One of his edicts was that road makers, the people who broke the stones and maintained the highways, had a maximum size of stone that could be use to […]

Pollux & Castor in 1870

From the size of these haunches of meat on display to passers-by it looks as though the butcher in Esperaza had access to the Paris Zoo in 1870.

If it were true he must have had a relation who shipped the meaty bits of Castor and Pollux, the pair of elephants from the […]

Arfons 81: The French village with too much money

The wind farm miracle, which has left one French village with too much money to spend. Photo: Peter Rood

It’s a story that you would not expect to hear about in a time of austerity with the French economy struggling under mounting debt, but one village mayor in the Tarn region has so much […]