Valeria Costa-Kostritsky is a French freelance journalist who lives in London and writes for the Guardian, New Statesman, Index on Censorship and French Slate, with a particular interest in France and Russia

Social influencer: Emmanuel Macron announcing the launch of the culture pass for 18 year olds on TikTok.

Emmanuel Macron wants every teenager in France to go on a cultural shopping spree – but will they?

Every 18 year old in France has been given €300 to spend on culture

Is the French government about to criminalise photojournalists?

A proposed law will prevent journalists and the public from photographing the police – and follows widely publicised acts of police brutality, writes Valeria Costa-Kostritsky

Rate of return – is France’s commitment to restitution waning?

In a changing political climate, conversations about colonial history – and calls for action – are taking on a new urgency

Artists on a march to demand the restitution of the Ministry of Culture on June 15, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images

Status anxiety – the battle over culture in Bolivia

The sacking of two museum directors and the axing of the ministry for culture is part of a wider struggle about who and what culture is for

Kené (detail) (2020), Olinda Silvano. Courtesy Dibujos por la Amazonía; © the artist

Peruvian artists address the Covid crisis in the Amazon

A project to raise funds for Amazonian communities also raises questions about the status of indigenous people in Peru

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in January 2020.

Trial by fire – the rush to rebuild Notre-Dame

Was the pledge to restore the cathedral in just five years a reasonable commitment or a rash promise?

Russian artist and activist Pyotr Pavlensky during a press interview in Paris on February 22, 2020. Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images

What is Pyotr Pavlensky playing at?

There is no shortage of theories about why the Russian artist leaked a sex tape that made a French politician drop out of the mayoral race in Paris

A summer of blunders at the French Culture Ministry

The sudden sacking of Nicolas Bourriaud suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of the art world