Blood and Wine: The Gun Fight at Montredon 40 years on

On 4 March 1976 at Montredon-des-Corbières, close to Narbonne, winegrower Emile Pouytès and CRS officer Commander Joel Le Goff were shot and killed, during the course of a demonstration which turned into a violent stand-off. Another 17 people were hospitalised with injuries from the disastrous fire-fight. The confluence of blood and wine drew a significant…

It’s all about 2014 not 1914

‘Gimmick’ now seems to be the word that accompanies any announcement about an event that will make up the centenary of the First World War. I started this year with great excitement. I tweeted back in February how ‘brilliant’ it was to see a summary of historians’ debates on the origins of the First World War…