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France: 20 Reasons


Last year, France was twice subjected to horrific attacks by religious terrorists. Yet, the French people responded to the crisis in a stoic, dignified manner, unwilling to let it threaten their way or life or shake their belief in liberté, égalité, fraternité. This month, we celebrate their spirit and pick our 20 top reasons to love and visit France. Feature by Xav Judd.


Goddard’s 1960 New Wave masterpiece, Breathless

If the essence of true art is to breathe new life into what existed before, then no movement succeeded more than the Nouvelle Vague. This bunch of film directors, many of whom had formerly been critics for the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma (Chabrol, Godard, Truffaut et al), started their careers in the 1950s and 1960s. Their personal, experimental, stylistic movies shattered convention, partly because they often displayed a high degree of realism, and tackled serious contemporaneous political and social issues. In order to achieve such an aesthetic, these New Wave auteurs utilised numerous techniques: improvised dialogue, long takes, shooting with non-professional actors, and using outdoor locations.


Tennis star René Lacoste, immortalised in a global sportswear brand.

Named after the characters from an Alexandre Dumas novel, the four musketeers – Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra and René Lacoste – reinvented what it was to be a tennis player in the 1920s and 1930s. Always ultra-determined, but with impeccable manners, these sartorially sophisticated amateur sportsmen volleyed, sliced and smashed their way to a heap of Grand Slam singles and doubles titles. Their unrivalled domination extended to forming the team that won the Davis Cup six years in a row (1927-1932), and all were ranked in the world’s top ten for two seasons running.

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It’s our Travel issue and we take you to France, The White Party in Palm Springs, steamy Havana and romantic Budapest. We’ve got the hottest guys from our model search finals, sexy travel accessories, and we pay tribute to Prince. We have a great in-depth feature on the murder of screen legend Ramon Novarro, and we speak with the gay politicians who are shaking up “the House” Down Under. Adam Garcia is this month’s Straight Mate, and check out the amazing photos of cover star William alone in his hotel room. Plus you get 40 extra pages not included in the print edition. Go you!