French language Wikipedia can be a good source for initial information and especially for links out to further reading and primary documents. Sometimes it will be helpful to start on English language Wikipedia just to find out particular wordings or phrases that are being used for an issue in French.
This Companion explores this vibrant culture, and includes chapters on history, language, literature, thought, theatre, architecture, visual culture, film and music, and discuss the contributions of popular culture, Francophone culture, minorities and women.
Contemporary France is an accessible, interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary France, providing systematic coverage of culture, society, economy, and politics set in a historical and geographical context. A central theme is the relationship between popular images of France and the often contradictory realities of French society.