France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

The snow-covered Place du Tertre, a square at the Butte Montmartre area in Paris yesterday as snow and freezing temperatures returned to northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Snow was expected to continue over France north of the Loire until the early hours of this morning, after the north and west of the country wer(...)