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For Kim Willsher's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 24, 2014

Francois Hollande: What became of dull Mr. Normal?

However indignant French President Francois Hollande might have been about a glossy celebrity magazine revealing the details of his affair with a French actress, the idea of sitting down and drafting his resignation was almost certainly not among them.

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

Jan 12, 2014

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

On Jan 12, 1944, the Gestapo occupying the French city of Bordeaux despatched its Jews, who had been rounded up and imprisoned in their own majestic synagogue, to the death camps. Fast-forward exactly 70 years and a photograph shows a group of youngsters standing ...

Mystery of Henry IV's missing head divides France

Feb 23, 2013

Mystery of Henry IV's missing head divides France

Richard III may have had an ignominious resting place under a car park in Leicester, in England’s East Midlands, but spare a thought for Henry IV. First the French monarch was disinterred from the royal sepulchre by revolutionaries and thrown into a mass grave. ...

Hugo, Manet unveiled Paris' poor and privileged

Feb 2, 2013

Hugo, Manet unveiled Paris' poor and privileged

The iron gates of the short passageway, a stone’s throw from the increasingly trendy Montorgueil district of Paris and a brief walk from the prostitutes of Saint Denis, are closed to the public these days. It was here, in what was Passage Saumon off ...