France

Tour de France: Up the Mountain That Once Killed a Man
July 15, 2013

Nowhere else in France, or on the parcours of the Tour de France, quite matches Mont Ventoux.

Biking as Bloodsport
When the Tour de France turns violent
July 12, 2013

A brief history of violence at cycling's greatest race.

English Swearing at Its Flippin' Finest
The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish
July 06, 2013

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

Why Can't Frenchmen Win the Tour de France?
June 28, 2013

When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support,

China's France Fetish
The new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Underemployed Frenchmen are glad to deliver it.
April 05, 2013

China's new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Thousands of underemployed Frenchmen are moving east to deliver it.

When the Surrealists Met the Nazis
Picasso, Paris, and modern art in Vichy France
March 13, 2013

An exibition ponders modern art, Vichy France, and the responsibilities of the artist.

Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Mali
After the fighting, Mali's ethnic tensions continue to fester
February 28, 2013

The fighting may soon be over in Mali. But ethnic tensions continue to fester.

Inside the Ring
Is the circus art?
February 25, 2013

The difference between the stage and the big top.

How Baudelaire Revolutionized Modern Literature
Humiliation as a Way of Life
February 21, 2013

Baudelaire thought that everything natural was corrupt. This perverse, humiliating belief changed the face of literature.

Mali Burns, Malians Shrug
The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.
January 31, 2013

The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.

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