Francophiles in London, of whom I am one, will be interested in a London-Paris Festival to be held at the Royal Geographical Society and the Institut Français in South Kensington from 6-8 October. A highlight - I know this, because I heard him speak on the same subject at the Brighton Festival a couple of months ago - is Christopher Hitchens talking about Thomas Paine's Rights of Man. Christopher is also in conversation with the philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy under the heading:
Christopher Hitchens has always maintained that toppling Saddam and invading Iraq was both a noble and a necessary action. Can Bernard-Henri Lévy get him to change his mind?
I doubt it, I'm pleased to say.
Also at the festival, the outstanding French illustrator and author Jean-Jacques Sempé talks to his British near-equivalent Quentin Blake. For an informed appreciation of Sempé's work, I modestly recommend an article in the Telegraph by his translator, Anthea Bell (who is my mother).