Gavin Mortimer

France braces itself for the backlash if Marine Le Pen triumphs

22 April 2017 11:10

With less than twenty four hours before polling booths open in France, the country’s security forces are on full alert…

Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to talk about Islamic extremism could cost him dearly

21 April 2017 8:56

Last night, an Islamic terrorist opened fire with an assault rifle on a police van on the Champs Élysées in Paris,…

François Fillon is the anti-Islamist candidate – and an Islamist target

19 April 2017 10:05

The news on Tuesday that French security services have prevented another attack by Islamic extremists should come as no surprise…

Could France’s Muslims win it for Jean-Luc Mélenchon?

18 April 2017 9:17

It was the 34th annual convention of France’s Muslims at the weekend in le Bourget, just north of Paris, and…

How Marion Le Pen is undermining her aunt’s campaign

11 April 2017 11:51

Marine Le Pen sees plots everywhere. In her view the media, the Socialists, the judiciary and even the European Union…

France’s chaotic Presidential debate was a dismal disappointment

5 April 2017 8:59

The presidential campaign is nothing if not a test of endurance for the French public although there were moments yesterday evening…

Is Emmanuel Macron part of an establishment plot?

3 April 2017 12:57

In 2002, I befriended an old Frenchman called Andre. He had been a resistant, one of the first, and when…

François Hollande’s ‘cabinet noir’: political myth or reality?

28 March 2017 13:06

It’s just as well François Hollande won’t have the opportunity to meet Donald Trump in person before he leaves the Élysée…

Macron and Le Pen both fail to dazzle in first French Presidential debate

21 March 2017 8:49

It was the burkini that brought Monday night’s debate to life between the five main presidential candidates for next month’s…

Marine Le Pen’s biggest political obstacle is her name

17 March 2017 10:41

I had an illuminating argument with a Socialist friend at the weekend. It began when I expressed my surprise that…

Marine Le Pen will gain the most if Francois Fillon is forced to stand down

6 March 2017 15:18

Marine Le Pen must be struggling to contain her glee at the implosion of the centre-right Républicains party. An extraordinary…

François Fillon needs forgiveness from French conservatives

1 March 2017 19:14

‘One cannot govern France,’ declared François Fillon last November, ‘if one is not irreproachable.’ A little over three months later, however, and the…

Emmanuel Macron’s idyllic vision of France is a myth

22 February 2017 17:08

As Emmanuel Macron stood on the steps of Downing Street on Tuesday urging Britain’s ‘banks, talents, researchers, academics’ to move…

Is Emmanuel Macron the doomed heir to Blair?

8 February 2017 9:25

I have a friend who lost three members of his family when an Islamic extremist drove a truck down the…

The Louvre attack is a reminder that Islamic extremism hasn’t disappeared

3 February 2017 15:15

Friday morning’s attack in Paris in which a machete-wielding man was shot and wounded in the stomach by a French…

François Fillon’s presidential campaign may be about to unravel

1 February 2017 13:41

François Fillon’s bid to become president of France has suffered another serious blow with more allegations of financial impropriety in…

Unlike Merkel, Trump understands the Islamist threat to the West

18 January 2017 10:55

The reaction in Europe to Donald Trump’s recent remarks critical of the continent was all too predictable. It was an…

François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…

Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West

22 December 2016 17:28

The appeasers, apologists and ‘useful idiots’ have been out in force over the festive season, busily lighting candles, declaring ‘Ich Bin…

Christine Lagarde’s conviction could play into the hands of the National Front

19 December 2016 18:54

When Christine Lagarde stood before the Court of Justice of the Republic last week to defend herself against charges of…

Marine Le Pen promises to drive the Machos from the Mosques

18 December 2016 13:18

The National Front were out in force at my local Parisian market on Saturday. A coterie of volunteers handing out…

Lawlessness and disorder: Francois Hollande’s presidency has been a disaster

2 December 2016 11:22

Forgive me if I sound a touch complacent at the news that Francois Hollande has fallen on his sword. In…

François Fillon wants to wage war against the French state

28 November 2016 10:30

François Fillon crushed Alain Juppé on Sunday night in the second round of voting for the presidential nomination for France’s…

Islamic State will want a landslide victory for Marine Le Pen

25 November 2016 10:23

Yassine was one of the most popular teaching assistants at his primary school in Strasbourg. What is known in the…

Juppé, Fillon or Le Pen: who will define the French right?

21 November 2016 12:36

And once more the polls have got it wrong. For months French pollsters confidently predicted that the first round of…