Contributors / Sophie Grove

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In with the Old

Time and many thoughtless refurbishments have diminished French architect and designer Maxime Old’s legacy. But, thankfully, two of his most glorious interiors have been preserved in Rouen.

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Building a legacy

Rahm Emanuel is coming to the end of his second and final term as Chicago mayor. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing but his dedication to social-development projects and urban infrastructure is something to be celebrated…

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Express yourself

Learning a language can be arduous but a dramatic approach is finding a captive audience in Paris.

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Human touch

Innovative media brands are helping audiences to look up from their screens and find meaningful connections by making them part of the show.

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Bread winners

It is integral to French identity but sales of bread are falling and eating habits are changing. We meet the flour-flecked folk offering crumbs of comfort with an artisanal approach.

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We need to talk

We are living through a new golden age of debate and salons. Talks and conversations are the new religion. We asked our senior correspondent to spend one week at the heart of her city’s debates.

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Space race

A boom in co-working spaces is offering freelancers flexibility. But are these business incubators a timely innovation or real-estate opportunism?

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Downward trend

Killer heels, once status symbols, are now conspicuously absent from fashion-show front rows (and runways). How did they become out of step with the modern world?

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Heart of the city

Ami is the non-fashion brand – that’s super fashion. Its easy Parisian style has won over men and now it’s tackling the women’s market.

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Brothers in arms

Unique in the French military for accepting overseas recruits, the French Foreign Legion offers refuge to those with a past to forget. Legionnaires fight under the Tricolore but it's loyalty to their fellow soldiers that's…

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Fertile ground

There’s more to the black stuff than hip cafés and flat whites. We meet three time-tested roasters.

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Young and in luxe

China accounts for more than a third of luxury spending and big brands are doing their utmost to lure its travellers. But as the Chinese consumer profile shifts to a younger, savvier, more fashion-conscious one, shops are…

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Stand proud

Paris’s traditional kiosks are under threat. Like the printed word they so elegantly promote, they should be protected.

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Sleeping giants

Sophie Grove reporting on revivals: Many successful companies have been scuppered by circumstance over the years but in some cases there’s an argument for resurrection. Why not bring back these fine examples?

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Space race

A boom in co-working spaces is offering freelancers flexibility. But are these business incubators a timely innovation or real-estate opportunism?

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Worlds collide

Two new museums showcase two sides of Yves Saint Laurent’s life’s work: from classical to florid; simple black to vibrant colour; Paris to Marrakech.

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