Flash floods devastated the town last year

The French writer Émile Zola was less than complimentary about the waters at Lourdes, describing them as “an abominable soup of ills”.“There was every(...)

Having begun life as Thérèse Raquin, this latest adaptation of Émile Zola’s sensational novel changed its title to the instantly forgettable (panic(...)

Art handlers adjust “In the Omnibus”  by French artist Honore Daumier at Dublin’s Hugh Lane gallery. The painting was stolen in 1992. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

After an absence of more than 20 years, a drawing in watercolour and gouache by French realist master Honore Daumier, returned late last year by the C(...)

George Moore (1852-1933) by Édouard Manet

The Irish writer George Moore (1852-1933) said Paris was his “Oxford and Cambridge”. Although he inhabited the French capital for only seven years, fr(...)

Love and marriage: a detail of Manet’s Olympia, depicting Victorine Meurent. Photograph: Musée d’Orsay

Victorine Meurent lived in 19th-century Paris, Angela del Moro in 16th-century Venice. Both courtesans are believed to have had affairs with the artis(...)

Women in the Garden: Claude Monet’s painting, seen here in detail, is dominated by the meticulously re-created summer dresses, with their high-waisted bodices and voluminous crinoline skirts. Photograph: Musée d’Orsay

It seems too much the result of the marketing department’s fantasies. With the possible exception of Sex, Violence(...)