Why the French favour secularism over appeasement in the fight to defeat Islamic extremism

21 October 2016 14:57

In the apartment block next to mine in Paris there are two Muslim families. One I see often: the dad…


Sarkozy is sceptical about climate change? String him up

17 September 2016 10:46

Prepare the stake, stoke the fire: someone has blasphemed against climate-change orthodoxy. The speech criminal in question is Nicolas Sarkozy.…

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Liberté, égalité, securité is the new normal for French schools

13 September 2016 8:15

My daughter started secondary school on 1 September. She was very excited. I wish I could report that she skipped…


Sarkozy’s tough talk on Islamic radicalisation lacks conviction

12 September 2016 18:13

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has announced that the French police and intelligence services have identified 15,000 people across…

France’s Calais threats are a recipe for more human misery

30 August 2016 13:40

French politicians have been busying themselves recently offering solutions to Calais’s crowded ‘jungle’ camp – and it’s good news that the…

France’s burkini ban was an own goal for secularism

26 August 2016 17:00

I’ve always hated the beach. The water? Great. The sunshine? Terrible. It starts with the hot trek across the sands…

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France is right to ban the burkini

25 August 2016 17:39

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities…


The burkini ban is a political ruse

24 August 2016 13:34

Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X…

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Women must be free to wear the bikini – and the burkini

24 August 2016 10:42

‘Let’s play a game. Yohji or Burkini?’ a friend and fellow fashion writer in Paris lazily suggested. We were sitting by…


To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

28 July 2016 9:40

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…