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Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun meets with Francois Hollande and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve after a priest was killed in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Photo: Getty)

French politicians have a major problem on their hands

26 July 2016 19:35

Today’s attack was the 7th Islamist terrorist atrocity in France since January 2015. Two hundred and thirty six people have…

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How tolerant are the French expected to be towards Islamic extremism?

26 July 2016 15:36

In Saturday’s Guardian, Natalie Nougayrède, the former managing editor of Le Monde, wrote that in the days following the slaughter…

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Will Europe finally face up to the threat of Islamism?

26 July 2016 13:56

On the bright side, the elderly priest who was murdered during mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, had pretty well a…

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Theresa May gets a warmer than expected reception in Paris, and a pledge on the border

21 July 2016 20:38

Paris was meant to be the more difficult leg of Theresa May’s first European tour as Prime Minister. But May’s…

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France is fed up with terror – and bureaucracy

19 July 2016 14:51

Living in France is a lottery. The chances of getting a losing ticket are very slim, but a chance it…

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We need to tackle attacks like the one in Nice from the root

15 July 2016 17:49

The BBC headline says it all: ‘The killing of 84 people celebrating Bastille Day is the worst attack on France…

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It is easy to say there’s nothing we can do to prevent lone-wolf attacks. It is also wrong

15 July 2016 17:02

For the third time in the last 18 months – twice in Paris and now in Nice – France has…

Moscow residents commemorate Nice terror attack victims

After the Nice attack, Michel Houllebecq’s nightmare vision edges closer

15 July 2016 15:33

I only got around to reading Michel Houellebecq’s Submission last month, a darkly amusing book about how France destabilises as…

Nice attack: Quiet shock reigns on the city’s streets

15 July 2016 14:27

Nice is quiet today, moving a little slower than it was yesterday, but it still moves. There is a strange…

‘Horror, once again’: French press reacts to Nice terror attack

15 July 2016 13:00

Once again, France is waking up to a massacre on its streets. In Nice, as people gathered on the seafront…

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The tragic timing of the Nice terror attack

15 July 2016 7:48

The death toll from last night’s Nice terror attack has now topped more than 80. It also looks as though…

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At least 80 dead in Nice after lorry crashes into crowds

14 July 2016 23:00

A lorry has ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day by the beach in Nice;  there are reports of at least…

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Theresa May’s first day and Boris at the Foreign Office: How the foreign press reacted

14 July 2016 12:38

A new British Prime Minister is always big news on the continent and around the world. This time around, with…

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Frexit and Italexit? Support for the EU dwindles in France and Italy

20 June 2016 18:06

Various freak political events—the unexpected Tory election victory, the rise of Ukip—have conspired to allow Britain to hold its referendum…

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The art of Jonathan Meades

15 April 2016 13:52

Ape Forgets Medication: Treyfs and Artknacks Londonewcastle Project (28 Redchurch Street, E2), until 23 April Process, means, method: it was these rather…

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Could you survive a boycott of French goods?

8 March 2016 16:40

Last week French minister Emmanuel Macron emerged at the forefront of the Brexit debate, warning that if Britain leaves the EU,…

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France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

Paris Turns Blue, White and Red For Victims Of Friday's Terrorist Attacks

There’s nothing cowardly about the French

27 November 2015 16:43

Several years ago I visited the village of Couillery in Lower Normandy to interview Juliette Girard for a book I…

French supporters at the England vs France match at Wembley (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty)

Why I didn’t sing La Marseillaise last night

18 November 2015 12:10

When Patrice Evra and the French national football team lined up at Wembley last night, it was a moment of…

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Michel Houellebecq’s vision of a France ruled by an Islamist regime is all too plausible

16 November 2015 14:12

No question about the book of the year: it’s Michel Houellebecq’s Submission (Heinemann, £18.99) in Lorin Stein’s fluent translation. It’s…

Migrants try to enter the Eurotunnel site to attempt to reach Britain (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

The Calais crisis needs a better response than fences and dogs, Prime Minister

7 August 2015 10:20

David Cameron should be in real trouble over Calais. It goes to the heart of two of the central issues…

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Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

30 July 2015 11:05

This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity…

George Osborne and French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) listen to explanations during a visit of the French start-ups incubator and accelerator TheFamily in Paris on July 27, 2015.

George Osborne: Britain must work with France to build a trade relationship with the EU

29 July 2015 8:41

George Osborne has revealed the aim of Britain’s EU renegotiation: to move our relationship back towards a trading partnership. The…

A striking employee of the French company My Ferry Link (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais

3 July 2015 12:22

The right to free movement of people and goods across the EU is, as we keep being told when the…

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We haven’t had a pan-European war for 70 years. Why is that?

30 June 2015 14:15

The EU referendum makes me suspect that the grownups don’t know what they’re doing. I can see how we got…