Author Archive: Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan is an Irish journalist and author based in France. Her newest book French Leave is a wonderfully witty tale of the author's life in Normandy. Her insightful memoir is available at,, and wherever books are sold.

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La Séparation: Falling Out of Love With Paris

| December 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

How can you tell when a beloved, elegant aunt is starting to lose it? When she starts fussing over trivia? Losing her jewellery? Switching off lights on some neurotic economy drive? Welcome — oooh là là — to Paris 2012. Once upon a time, if you were celebrating a birthday or anniversary or got engaged […]

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Le Mariage Gay: Le Président Wants All to Wed — All But Himself

| December 7, 2012 | 1 Comment

Saturday morning, anywhere in France: the lines outside the baker’s, the greengrocer’s, the butcher’s or cheesemonger’s shops make it look like pre-glasnost Russia. Anyone new to France might wonder why people are so willing to wait twenty minutes to buy their baguette or slice of bleu. But — important as the food might be — […]

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