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  1. March 9, 2012

    Some like it haute: radishes in Paris

    I have always had an enduring affection for radishes. It all started when I was a child. Thanks to Don Dino, the former...

  2. February 12, 2012

    Troubleshooter Louis Gallois bows out

    The Jesuits have clearly left their mark on Louis Gallois. Despite being a typical product of France’s grandes écoles, with...

  1. January 27, 2012

    Some like it haute: Fouquet’s in Paris

    I have had the good fortune of working in Paris as a correspondent for the Financial Times for 17 years – six of these in...

  2. December 2, 2011

    The Dior of desserts

    Eight years or so ago, I walked for the first time into the Parisian Latin quarter boutique of superstar pastry chef Pierre...

  3. November 26, 2011

    Can Tyler wrest back his crown?

    From Dr Mark Berelowitz. Sir, Please convey my congratulations to Paul Betts, and my condolences to Tyler Brûlé. Mr Betts’...

  4. November 18, 2011

    Some like it haute: fine dinner parties

    A fine dinner party is not just about the food. Of course it helps if the food and the wines are good. But what really make...

  5. November 8, 2011

    Delight of empty Riviera beaches

    From Mr Francis Wright. Sir, I read with interest the article by Paul Betts concerning Cannes and its history (“Riviera...

  6. November 4, 2011

    Some like it haute: Woody Allen’s Paris

    We bumped into Woody Allen when he was researching Midnight in Paris, his charming cinematic ode to the city of light. We...

  7. November 2, 2011

    Location profile: Riviera resort shows off its Cannes-do attitude

    Cannes loves putting on a show. The French Riviera resort does exactly that every year, with what has become, since 1946,...

  8. October 21, 2011

    Some like it haute: bottled water

    When I was six I contracted an inflammation of the kidneys, probably from drinking tap water. We lived in Alexandria at the...

  9. October 21, 2011

    L’Oréal’s grande dame puts Paris in a ferment

    It was one of those rare chance encounters. Exactly a year ago at Asiate, the swanky restaurant on the 35th floor of the...

  10. October 7, 2011

    Some like it haute: Dom Pérignon

    Good food and wine can also be grand theatre. And Dom Pérignon put on a great magic show the other night with an oenological...

  11. September 16, 2011

    Some like it haute: wild boars

    This summer wild boars took over our little farm in a remote corner of Tuscany – a mountainous region of chestnut trees and...

  12. September 2, 2011

    Some like it haute: camping

    Camping has never really been my cup of tea. All those crude sanitary conditions and sitting around the camp fire while...

  13. August 25, 2011

    European banks are hostage to continental fortunes

    Frédéric Oudéa has been all over the French press this week defending the credibility of Société Générale. But the head of...

  14. August 12, 2011

    Some like it haute: train station buffets

    There are two station buffets that really stand out as grand invitations to a railway journey, however long or short. One is...

  15. July 23, 2011

    Some like it haute: Malta

    Diplomacy can, at times, be rather rock’n’roll, quite literally speaking – at least in Malta in the French ambassador’s...

  16. July 13, 2011

    Brazil falls victim to a battle of French wills

    There is little more unpleasant and unseemly than a battle over personal interests. This is exactly what has been happening...

  17. June 24, 2011

    Some like it haute: the Village

    If the tradition at Wimbledon is to eat strawberries and cream while sipping champagne, at Roland Garros, the French Open,...

  18. June 10, 2011

    Some like it haute: NoLita

    The other day we tried a new Italian restaurant called NoLita, which has just opened down the road where we live in central...

  19. May 27, 2011

    Some like it haute: Château Cheval Blanc

    I remember vividly my first visit to Château Cheval Blanc. It was about five years ago and we were sitting on the lawn in...

  20. May 20, 2011

    Some like it haute: French ‘palaces’

    The French government’s decision to grant an official “palace” status to the country’s most luxurious hotels seemed a good...

  21. May 6, 2011

    Some like it haute: vacherin pudding

    There is no more glorious way of ending a good lunch on a sunny spring day than with a vacherin. I am not thinking of the...

  22. April 22, 2011

    Some like it haute: Arpège, Paris

    Umberto Eco was in Paris the other day promoting the French edition of his new bestseller The Prague Cemetery. Set in...

  23. April 14, 2011

    Canal Plus plays a cool hand with free digital channel

    The French have taken to watching poker on late night television in a big way, but the biggest game of all is currently...

  24. March 25, 2011

    Some like it haute: dogs in Paris

    Paris reputedly boasts more dogs per inhabitant than almost any other capital city in the world. It may seem surprising, but...

  25. March 4, 2011

    Some like it haute: Elysée Palace

    In the 1980s I was invited a couple of times to dine at the Elysée Palace, the official home of French presidents in Paris....

  26. February 18, 2011

    Some like it haute: Harry’s Bar, Venice

    Last year I flew to Venice to attend a conference at the beginning of February before the famous carnival gets going. It...

  27. January 13, 2011

    EADS is suffering turbulence at the top

    The New Year has got off to a fine start for EADS. The Franco-German aerospace group’s shares are trading at more than €20...

  28. November 24, 2010

    Waiting for reply on Ingosstrakh

    From Mr Jan Piscacek. Sir, Paul Betts’ Inside Business column “Deripaska has more than finance at stake in Norilsk”...

  29. October 14, 2010

    France’s Rafale jet struggles to hit its target overseas

    Nicolas Sarkozy likes to portray himself as the executive president. He sees himself as France’s salesman-in-chief promoting...

  30. July 30, 2010

    European View

  31. March 3, 2010

    Excess of rashness thwarts Italy

    From Mr Tony Zamparutti. Sir, As a former resident of Venice, I fear that reports by John Lloyd and Paul Betts (February 23)...

  32. February 8, 2010

    Don’t unravel 40 years of hard work at EADS

    From Prof Philip Lawrence. Sir, Paul Betts (“EADS core investors must share both pain and gain”, World View, February 2)...

  33. January 14, 2010

    No big deal: Italian lessons in whether or not to bid

    The Hershey Trust Company is pressing ahead with plans for a Cadbury counter-bid. Let's hope it first listened to Michele...

  34. January 13, 2010

    No big deal: Italian lessons in whether to bid

    The Hershey Trust Company is pressing ahead with plans for a Cadbury counter-bid. Let’s hope it first listened to Michele...

  35. November 4, 2009

    Post-crisis crash faces car industry

    The German government is understandably furious. For months it had been arm-twisting General Motors to agree to the salvage...

  36. November 3, 2009

    Jumbo problems hit France’s grand nuclear ambitions

    President Nicolas Sarkozy has made the nuclear sector one of the showcases of French industrial excellence. But this...

  37. May 25, 2009

    Political fog obscures the final lap in race for Opel

    It was always going to be so. Politics in a German election year would end up playing a critical role in deciding the future...

  38. February 17, 2009

    The curious tale of the banks that cared about clients

    From Mr Chris De Noose. Sir, Paul Betts states (“Fortis shareholders leave Belgian depositors out cold”, European View,...

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