Happening now in France

Not to be

Festivals, exhibitions, concerts and major events... On France.fr and everywhere in France, there's always something going on.

Things to do


Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Object of desire: the espadrille

This is the most popular fashion shoe in the world, as it is iconic. Plain or striped, flat or wedge, canvas or leather - there are infinte variations of this ultra-simple sandal with its braided sole. Espadrilles embody the casual chic of south-west France, from the Pyrenees to the Basque Country and are soon to be seen on your feet too.

Name: espadrille
Close relatives: sandals
Origins: hundreds of years ago in various parts of the Pyrenees
Fans: Picasso and Dali, Bacall and Bogart, Gainsbourg and Birkin (and all followers of fashion from the Basque Country to The Hamptons)

Signs of excellence:

  • a woven jute rope sole
  • the Made in France label. Even better if made in the Pyrenees or the Basque Country
  • irregular stitches as hand-sewn
  • reinforced stitching in the toes

Getting to Basque Country