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 macaron

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. If you know a better way of choosing a macaron, then please tell us. Chocolate, rosewater, liquorice or pistachio. Pale green, fuchsia pink or bright yellow. Macarons are always circular and one is never enough.

Name: macaron
Origins: I’ll let you into a secret – they don’t really come from the Champs-Elysées, but from Nancy, in Lorraine.
Close relatives: meringue and the whole petits-fours gang
Fans: everyone, from Pharrell Williams to Marie-Antoinette (in films, at least)

A date for the diary: International Macaron Day, 20 March

Signs of excellence:

  • a thin crust with no cracks
  • good visual harmony between shells and ganache
  • a slightly daunting succession of crunchy, moist and meltingly soft
  • an intense, powerful flavour