By Peter Jones

Ré of sunshine

The Ile de Ré, on France's Atlantic coast, is where the chicest of the chic go to escape the crowds on Paris Plage. But we can get there, too, and it doesn't have to break la banque!

On the front line in northern France

The Somme is a beautiful corner of France, just a short drive south of Calais. But in this part of the country, the scars of the past are never far away