Fiachra Gibbons

Paris throws off mask to party like the virus never was

Social distancing and face masks were largely forgotten as thousands of French people danced and partied well into Monday in the first big blow out since the coronavirus lockdown

SA’s Wolfgat restaurant crowned best in world

Wolfgat, whose mostly female staff have no formal training, opened just two years ago in a 130-year-old cottage and cave on the beach at Paternoster

​France to tighten online bullying laws after media ‘boys’ club’ scandal

Two government ministers said new rules will be tabled before the end of June to force YouTube and social media platforms to pull hateful posts.

Outcry as Japanese winemakers are threatened with deportation from France

More than 42 000 people have already signed a petition protesting the 'crazy, moronic and shameful decision'

YouTube shooting shows how fake news spirals on social media

Within minutes of the shooting at YouTube offices in California, social media was awash with conspiracy theories

‘Feminist’ Deneuve apologises to sex assault victims

As an actress since she was 17, Deneuve admitted that during her career she had been "a witness to indelicate situations" between men and women.

A bit weird, but you won’t lose your lynch

Silencio, David Lynch's new Paris nightclub-cum-salon-cum-laboratory of the weird, is certainly an unusual place to spend an evening.

The Booker Prize and the ‘Beryl Question’

Beryl Bainbridge, the eternal Booker prize bridesmaid, was last week snubbed for a sixth time when her novel failed at the penultimate hurdle for Britain's greatest literary prize, writes Fiachra Gibbons.

Springer displays serious side

He has made a fortune by airing tacky domestic conflicts on primetime TV,and is now playing a villain in a movie opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme -but Jerry Springer has a serious side too. He spoke to Fiachra Gibbons in Cannes.

Alexander’s new battlefield

Rivers of blood have been spilt - figuratively at least - in a propaganda battle between Greek and Macedonian nationalists over who has the right to claim the all-conquering hero Alexander the Great as their own, writes Fiachra Gibbons in London.

Pulp this teen filth, says author

Some find Melvin Burgess's new novel of adolescent discovery aimed at teenage boys upsetting, writes Fiachra Gibbons.

Martel’s Booker win confirmed

Montreal-based author Yann Martel has won the 000 Man Booker Prize in the most surreal of circumstances, seven days after the organisers mistakenly announced his victory on their website, writes Fiachra Gibbons.

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