Bastille Day

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Author Steve Dunford

I knew Steve Dunford for only five years, but it felt like 25. We first met at the French ambassador’s Bastille Day party in 2016, when he was one of (...)

 Protesters wearing yellow vests  wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee, Paris, in  December 2018. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Ghosts in yellow safety vests haunted the launch of the EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions and counter disastrous levels of climate change thi(...)

Lyonnaise salad is a French bistro classic

This week I’m rustling up a French bistro classic in honour of Bastille Day, whisking you all the way to Lyon for a decadent salad. Lyonnaise salad is(...)

Not entirely accurate view from the Phoenix Park  by the little-known English artist, JH Hamilton-Marr

Following my failure to locate the exact viewpoint of William Ashford’s panorama of 1790s Dublin (Diary, March 17th), I have been set another puzzle b(...)

Patrick Sarsfield, one of the great tragic figures of Irish history, left Ireland in 1691 with the remnants of the Jacobian army which was defeated in the service of King James II at the battles of the Boyne in 1690 and Aughrim a year later.

Campaigners seeking to repatriate the remains of Patrick Sarsfield believe they have found the place where he is buried. Sarsfield, one of the great(...)

Exposing their ripped torsos in the same summer, first Leo Varadkar and now Richard Bruton (above) have set the tone for men’s autumn fashion. Blue shirts are out, is the message: blue and shirtless is in. Even if you don’t have the politics to match the torso, Irish weather will usually take care of the blue bit.

I see that decades after the shillelagh was decommissioned on this island, it is making a big comeback in England, albeit not under the same name. Th(...)

French inventor Franky Zapata takes off on his Flyboard to cross the Channel. Photograph: Reuters

A French inventor failed in his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on Thursday when he was knocked into the water as he (...)

President Emmanuel Macron and Gen Francois Lecointre review troops before the start of the Bastille Day military parade down the Champs-Elysees avenue, Paris, on Sunday.  Photograph: Eliot Blondet/AFP/Getty Images

French police fired tear gas to disperse protesters from Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue on Sunday, a few hours after President Emmanuel Macron had revi(...)

South Africa’s Daryl Impey celebrates his victory in stage nine of the Tour de France. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello/AFP

The 2019 Tour de France reached Brioude, hometown of Romain Bardet, with a career first stage win for South African rider Daryl Impey, of the Mitchelt(...)

US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

This week there was only one real story in Washington. At a reception at the Irish Embassy for departing diplomats on Wednesday all talk was of Kim Da(...)

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