Emmanuel Macron

France – and Europe – could become the frontline in Algeria’s latest crisis

8 May 2019 6:00

As the European parliament elections approach, the continent’s navel-gazing is ever more myopic. Even its two most outward focused states,…

Is Emmanuel Macron’s EU project about to meet its Waterloo?

7 May 2019 13:26

Emmanuel Macron, the once golden boy of European politics, could be about to suffer his first electoral humiliation. A black…

Macron’s bid to woo the yellow vests risks opening a battle on two fronts

18 April 2019 16:33

As France and the world grieved over the Notre Dame fire, French national politics rolled on behind the scenes. President…

What might Macron’s ‘even more beautiful’ Notre Dame be like?

17 April 2019 14:40

24 August 2024 At the opening today of the rebuilt Notre Dame Cathedral, after the disastrous fire in April 2019,…

The shame of Notre Dame

16 April 2019 11:51

The conversation in France changed abruptly last night. Perhaps the blaze in Paris was the wake-up call that France needed.…

Will France cut taxes and boost the economy in response to the protests?

12 April 2019 11:38

For 21 weeks now the Gilets Jaunes have taken to the streets of French cities to protest. It began as…

Theresa May must stand up to Emmanuel Macron’s Brexit posturing

9 April 2019 11:47

In this the 115th anniversary week of the Entente Cordiale, the French president and the British Prime Minister will meet…

Emmanuel Macron has saved himself from political crisis – for now

17 March 2019 13:38

Back in December, Emmanuel Macron was a man on edge. His poll numbers were spiralling down the toilet; hundreds of…

What Macron’s spat with Italy is really about

13 February 2019 7:11

Who needs the Comédie-Française when there is Emmanuel Macron in the Élysée? France’s recall last week of its ambassador from…

Why doesn’t Emmanuel Macron like Britain?

25 January 2019 14:37

Why is Emmanuel Macron raging against Britain? The French president has returned to the subject of the British once again…

How the Gilets jaunes movement could spread across Europe

10 December 2018 10:27

The eminent historian Emmanuel Todd was on the radio in France last week. He had much to say, none of…

Emmanuel Macron’s next fight could be his toughest yet

6 December 2018 10:52

In normal circumstances, Emmanuel Macron would welcome a trip to Marrakech in December as an opportunity to escape cold Paris…

In praise of the Gilets jaunes

3 December 2018 13:12

At last, a people’s revolt against the tyranny of environmentalism. Paris is burning. Not since 1968 has there been such heat…

Emmanuel Macron is leading France towards disaster

3 December 2018 12:06

I would say we’ll always have Paris. But maybe not. It was only a few weeks ago that French president…

Emmanuel Macron is Donald Trump in reverse

1 December 2018 9:00

Is Emmanuel Macron the oddest leader in the EU? When he became President of France last year, he made a…

The rivalry between Macron and Salvini is a battle for Europe’s soul

21 November 2018 11:04

When Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory over far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in the 2017 French presidential elections –…

Macron and Trump’s doomed bromance is good news for Le Pen

14 November 2018 11:52

Emmanuel Macron’s hosting of sixty world leaders in Paris last weekend to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice has turned…

France is fracturing but Macron remains in denial

17 October 2018 8:58

As chalices go, few are as poisoned as the one Emmanuel Macron has just handed Christophe Castaner. Minister of the…

The euro is the source of Macron’s troubles

16 October 2018 11:17

A new interior minister. A new agriculture and culture minister. There wasn’t, despite some speculation, a new prime minister, but…

Macron is quick to take on nationalism. What about Islamism?

18 September 2018 11:18

On Sunday, I reached the summit of the col de Riou in the Pyrénées to find a shepherd tending his…

Conservatism and the radical centre

31 August 2018 15:45

Every so often, usually on Twitter, you hear calls for a new centrist party. The Tories have gone Brexit bonkers,…

How Macron is reviving Marine Le Pen’s fortunes

24 August 2018 12:41

It says much about Europe’s political establishment that Marine Le Pen has been charged over photographs she tweeted in 2015…

What the Benalla scandal reveals about Macron’s failing presidency

26 July 2018 12:49

The feel-good factor Emmanuel Macron hoped would surge through France following their World Cup win has failed to materialise. The…

Emmanuel Macron was right to scold his over-friendly fan

20 June 2018 12:36

Obviously, one mocks little President Macron for telling a teenager to call him ‘Monsieur le President’. How long before the…

Macron is restoring France’s dignity

20 June 2018 10:38

Has there ever been a time when the leaders of France and Great Britain are so diametrically opposed in character…