The Lumière brothers
Auguste and Louis Lumière were two French engineers who invented the ...cinematographic process and gave the first public film projection in 1895. The earliest two film directors in history illuminated the popular imagination to such an extent that cinema would evolve into the art that it is today.
The 2012 Nobel Prize awards
From the 8th of October 2012 until the 15th of October is the period when the ...Nobel Foundation is awarding this year's prizes. We are presenting a summary of the prizes and their winners during the course of this special week.
Pierre Soulages Exhibition
In partnership with the villa Médicis, the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon is ...hosting an exhibition of around twenty of the most recent works of leading French abstract painter, Pierre Soulages.
A French tennis player with amazing fire-power, Mary Pierce won the Australian ...Open in 1995 and Roland-Garros in 2000 and reached the final of the US Open in 2005.
"Most popular personality in France", Yannick Noah won the Roland-Garros ...tournament in 1983 and began a second career as a singer in 1990.
Appointed as the candidate for the Socialist Party and radicals of the Left for ...the 2012 Presidential Election, François Hollande was elected as the seventh President of the Republic on 6 May 2012, replacing outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Writers and Intellectuals
Novelists, poets, philosophers, playwrights, men of letters...these make up some ...of France’s most prestigious writers and intellectuals. Discover their careers, their work and their ideals.
In November 2006, Nicolas Sarkozy put forward his first candidature for the May ...2007 presidential election, which he won with 53.06% of the vote against the Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal.
François Mitterrand (1916-1996)
Narrowly losing the 1974 election, François Mitterrand was elected president of ...France in 1981 and re-elected in 1988. His two seven-year terms in office were marked by the abolition of the death penalty and the modernisation of the penal code. He also went on to play a key role in European recovery.