History

Sights, museums, statues and museums aren't simply meant to be seen but also to be understood. Behind them, whether seen or unseen, lies history, famous, infamous, intimate or obscure.

The Rothschilds in France, a 19th-century Riches to Riches Story

Rothschild: whether pronounced in English, German, Italian or English, the name has for 200 years signified wealth, in particular Jewish wealth. We still speak, as do the French, of someone as being rich as Rothschild—or more likely not rich as Rothschild.

Jewish Paris: The Deportation Memorial, the Shoah Memorial and the Holocaust Center

Jewish quarters come and go, but anti-Semitism never goes out of fashion. Most recently in France there’s been a growing attraction of the “quenelle,” a down-turned Nazi salute now understood by most to be an anti-Semitic, anti-establishment gesture. It has gained favor among individuals and groups who ...

Departure of signs and numbers from the heart of Paris

My favorite little shop in Paris, one of the last living vestiges of the historical belly of Paris that was the Les Halles Quarter, closed at the end of July 2009. It had been a long time coming--rather, going. It isn’t easy making a living selling...

Charlotte Corday and the Bathtub Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat

This article about Charlotte Corday and the assassination about Jean-Paul Marat in 1793 contains France Revisited first contest-with-a-prize. Read the article and try to answer the contest questions at the end. Good luck!

Defining Expatriates: American Women Between the World Wars

When does an American stop being a long-term resident of Paris and become an expatriate? The answer depends on both the subject and the...

In Search of a Jewish Quarter: Rue des Rosiers and the Jewish Food...

When visiting rue des Rosiers in the Marais are travelers correct in thinking that they are actually visiting “the Jewish quarter”? Is the presence of Semitic fast food and a few Judaica shops a reflection of a vibrant local community, of successful ethnic marketing or of a combination of the two? Let’s take a look at what’s there.
July 4, changing of the American flag at Lafayette's Tomb, Picpus Cemetery, Paris

Lafayette and the American Flag: The Fourth of July Ceremony

“Lafayette, we are here!” Those words are often attributed to U.S. General John Pershing when, on July 4, 1917, having arrived in France with the...

Radiating from Paris: Our Glorious Ladies of Gothic Architecture (Part II: Reims, Amiens, Practical...

France Revisited pays homage to that great Gothic monument at the center of the capital and to four other Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedrals within 100 miles of Paris in a two-part article. Part II below concerns Notre-Dames of Reims and Amiens and includes practical tips for visiting all five. Part I concerns Notre-Dames of Paris, Laon and Chartres.

A Seat in Paris: 100 French Chairs 1951-1961

Imagine sitting in avant-garde style in Paris between 1951 and 1961. Pascal Cuisiner invites visitors to take a seat, or at least a view of a seat, in the lap of those years through an exceptional collection of 100 chairs from what he calls “the first modern French designers," presented at two locations in Paris.

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