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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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TALKING EUROPE

David McAllister: 'EU involvement in Catalonia could set a precedent'

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TALKING EUROPE

Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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IN THE PAPERS

A piece of history: Five former US presidents gather for hurricanes fundraiser

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IN THE PAPERS

Chic hotels and horse races: Calais tries to shed its 'Jungle' image

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EYE ON AFRICA

Kenyatta and Odinga call for peace before Kenya's election rerun

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THE INTERVIEW

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

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MEDIAWATCH

The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After Raqqa; Xi's the boss; and Spain enters unchartered waters

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How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2014-01-28

Brokeback Mountain - the opera - premières in Madrid

Annie Proulx's tale of forbidden love between two Wyoming cowboys has already become an Oscar-winning film, and now it’s getting the operatic treatment. On the day that it premières at Madrid's Opera Real, we hear from Proulx on why she wrote the libretto, and how she thinks her story lends itself well to the medium.

Sticking with the classical theme, we’re discovering an American take on European opera with Ryan Brown, founder and conductor of the US-based Opera Lafayette. He tells Catherine Nicholson about the artistic coincidences behind why his company is playing Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées back-to-back in two marathon musical sessions with the same singers and musicians.

Also on the show: we discover how Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour is planning to bring peace to Central African Republic; and we find out how French horse theatre from Bartabas, and Chinese musical virtuosity from pianist Wu Mu Ye formed part of a massive celebration of 50 years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2017-10-20 culture

Contemporary art takes over the French capital and the countryside

The FIAC has set up shop for its 44th edition in Paris's Grand Palais. Alongside the offerings from big name galleries from Paris, London and New York, this year the art fair is...

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2017-10-19 culture

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

From the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco to Paul Gauguin’s life and art uncovered in Paris, Eve Jackson has this week’s culture news.

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2017-10-18 culture

Film show: 'Detroit', 'Kingsman 2', 'Beauty and the Dogs'

From Kathryn Bigelow's look at police brutality in 1960s "Detroit" to a woman's quest for justice in "Beauty and the Dogs", film critic Emma Jones talks to Eve Jackson about the...

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2017-10-17 culture

Musical maestro Philippe Jordan on bringing passion to the Paris Opera

Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan has been waving the baton at the Paris Opera for close to a decade, as the prestigious company's musical director. The maestro is currently...

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2017-10-16 culture

Music show: Client Liaison, Boyz II Men & Jessie Ware

Australian duo Client Liaison are setting dance floors alight with their retro-flavoured pop and fun, feel-good grooves. The band’s vocalist Monte Morgan and keyboardist Harvey...

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