Tracy McNicoll

A Voice Raised in Joy

How singer Fatoumata Diawara fought back against the Islamists overrunning Mali.

Honoring the Art of Empires

In a time of turmoil, the Louvre's new Islamic galleries offer up a reminder of the complexity and grandeur of Muslim history.

A Buddy Film for the Ages

What do you get when you combine a young kid from the ghetto and a rich invalid? France's new blockbuster.

France's Bitter Family Feud

The scandals of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt have shaken the French state and its president to the core.

Paris on the Plate

Adam Gopnik pens a love letter to France's influence on how we taste and talk about food.

Prophet of Outrage

How an obscure pamphlet by a former resistance fighter inspired Europe's grassroots protesters.

Wiera Gran: Strange Saga of a Warsaw Ghetto Singer

Amid horrific Nazi madness, Wiera Gran sang love songs in the Warsaw Ghetto. Within the walls of that grim urban cage, the 25-year-old petite Jewish beauty drew crowds to the ghetto's Café Sztuka, crooning standards from happier times in a deep, velvety lilt.

Marine Le Pen's New National Front in France

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front, reached historic heights by gaining 18 percent of France's vote in the first round of the 2012 presidential election—making her a potential kingmaker. In February 2011 profile, Tracy McNicoll explains why Le Pen is not exactly Daddy's girl.

France's Baby Boom

The brooding French may be the world's biggest pessimists—61 percent anticipated more economic hardship in 2011, more than twice the global average, according to a recent Gallup International poll—but they're still adding new infants to their healthy broods.

Soccer Legend Urges French to Withdraw Bank Money

The former soccer star Eric Cantona is beloved for his dazzling feats on the pitch and became a screen actor most celebrated when he played himself. Now he's making waves by calling for his French compatriots to withdraw their money from banks.

A Pyrrhic Victory in France

Nicolas Sarkozy may well win his pension battle against the unions, but the French president will have little cause to celebrate. After weeks of strikes, fuel blockades, and street protests, the Senate finally passed his austerity bill late last week, another major legislative step toward raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the age at which workers can retire on full pension from 65 to 67.