Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

Week 41- Life in the Arts Lan e- The Bridge at Avignon

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I have been in Avignon for a few days in advance of that five times annually triple Brocantes at Beziers, Montpellier, and Avignon

France To Ban 'Hyper-Sexualisation' Of Minors In Child Beauty Pageants

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

French politicians have moved towards outlawing child beauty pageants in order to prevent the “hyper-sexualisation” of little girls. The Senate...

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

Tasty Blackbirds, Deadly Fruit and What Really Matters...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have eaten many blackbirds during happy years spent in France where my best friend, Madame Bué, would frequently stuff them with sultanas, drizzle with cognac and roast in the the oven. I was a bad guest mostly and would arrive late for lunch every Sunday when the blackbirds had waited a bit too long in the oven and were, ahem, let us say, singed.

'Your Homosexuality. It Doesn't Matter'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Pope Francis Telephones Rape Victim To Comfort Her Pope Francis has reportedly called a young gay Catholic man in France to reassure him...

French Alps Shooting One Year On

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK

British police have travelled to France for the first anniversary of the murder of an engineer who was shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law. S...

Hidden Gems of Europe - Collioure, Perpignan and Saint Cyprien

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

On our annual visit to Montpellier last month for the Radio France music festival, we marvelled once again at how few English people seem to know about this superb festival of free jazz, classical, world and DJ gigs.

France By Train Part II: Avignon

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

When we step out of the station in Avignon, an intense heat and the sound of cigales act as our greeting. The city is well known for its impressive climate and the region for its sonic buzz, even selling soft-toy versions of the cricket-like creatures in its tourist shops.

France By Train Part I: Lille

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

On a summer's day in July, we leave behind a rain-flustered London in the middle of an otherworldly thunderstorm following Britain's hottest day in years. The train speeds through English countryside until we're in the darkness of the Eurotunnel, and then - in what seems like the blink of an eye - we find ourselves on French soil.

LOOK: Footballer Momentarily Shrinks

Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Sport

French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena isn't the tallest footballer around - but he's not this tiny. A bizarre photo shows him utterly dwarfed by B...

Why Does France Have a Problem With Islamophobia?

Imran Awan | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

Although in the UK, we have seen a number of mosques attacked since Woolwich, the steady rise in anti-Muslim hate perpetuated across Europe, has led to an increase in anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. According to the rector of Lyon's main mosque, France is witnessing a new "climate of Islamophobia."

French Nurse Rents Out Her Breasts Online To Feed Babies With Gay Parents

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

A French nurse has created an online advert offering to rent out her breasts to feed newborn babies. And the 29-year-old woman, who describes herse...

Francois Hollande Says 'Non' To David Cameron

Sunday Telegraph | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been privately told by the French president that his country will not go out of its way to help him win key “reforms” of the Eur...

British Gas Plans To Give Away Free Power At Weekends

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays. The energy firm has announced plans to tri...

Is France Finished?

Damian Collins | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

On Sunday, the English cyclist Chris Froome swept down the Champs-Élysées to win the 100th Tour de France. He is only the second ever Englishman to carry off the famous yellow jersey, following Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year. But as Froome's fans shout 'allez!' the youth of France are more likely to be crying to each other 'barrez'; which roughly translates as 'scram', 'beat it', 'get out of here'... An open letter published in Le Point magazine by a Sorbonne student called 'Clare G' claimed that half of 18 to 34-year-olds would leave France.

PICS: Climb The Eiffel Tower From Your Desk

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Tech

Google has added a new set of 360-degree images from the top of Paris' Eiffel Tower. The view from la tour joins recent additions to Google Street ...

Neo Nazi Singer Arrested For Plotting Terror Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

A neo-Nazi heavy metal singer linked to far-right fanatic Anders Breivik has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a major terror attack. Police s...

Twitter Will Hand Over Identities Of Anti-Semitic Tweeters

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

Twitter has agreed that it will reveal the identities of users who posted anti-Semitic messages after a lengthy court battle. French news agency AF...

Faulty Track To Blame For Deadly Rail Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

The devastating rail crash that killed six people, as a train tore in half and careered into a busy station, was caused by a faulty rail track, accord...

Six Reportedly Killed In Paris Train Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Six people have reportedly been killed in an "apocalyptic" train crash near Paris, according to the French Interior Ministry. The train derailed on...

15 Funny Quotes About France For Bastille Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Comedy

Oh là là! Merveilleux! Et ainsi de suite. We here at HuffPost UK Comedy are celebrating Bastille Day by having the day off (well, it is a Sunday)...

It's a Man's World - For the Sea Lions of Boulogne

Gareth Johnson | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

It's only male sea lions at Nausicaá in Boulogne sur Mer. It's a deliberate decision by France's 'Centre National de la Mer', wanting to keep things harmonious in the impressive enclosure housing the five boisterous mammals that are now calling this aquarium and education centre their home.

Vampire Hunting? Dog Food Tasting? Running From The Law?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

Fancy hunting vampires in Romania, or think France is lacking foot models? These are some of the weirdest reasons given by those making visa applic...