France election 2017

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…

François Hollande has handed his acolyte Emmanuel Macron a poisoned chalice

10 May 2017 16:49

Every politician in France is on manoeuvres. Vast chasms have opened up in the anti-Le Pen coalition and the country…

The National Front loses its golden girl

10 May 2017 9:19

The golden girl of the National Front has gone and with her go the grassroot hopes for an alternative to…

It’s time to put ‘Not In My Name’ on the ballot paper

8 May 2017 16:00

As Jonathan Miller astutely observes, the abstainers and spoilers in the French election are now the real third force in…

After Le Pen’s defeat, is the Front National heading for a split?

8 May 2017 8:33

So what now for Marine Le Pen and the National Front? On an evening when the party polled a record…

Le Pen – the female champion of the excluded – trumps Europe’s shouty men

7 May 2017 10:00

Pierre Poujade was a French shopkeeper who, in the mid-1950s, led quite a powerful right-wing revolt in favour of the…

Emmanuel Macron is the perfect product of Parisian groupthink

4 May 2017 16:38

As the polls reopen this weekend for the coronation of Emmanuel Macron, the political establishment will congratulate themselves for having…

Slick Macron triumphs over Le Pen in France’s feisty TV debate

4 May 2017 8:37

There were times during last night’s televised debate between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron when it resembled more a…

Could the French far left propel Marine Le Pen to victory?

3 May 2017 17:22

The French philosopher Jean-Pierre Faye’s career has encompassed everything from fiction to prose poetry, but he will best be remembered…

France’s burkini row returns

2 May 2017 12:35

Bad weather swept across southern France over the May Day holiday but summer is just around the corner and with…

Does Emmanuel Macron represent the ‘Uber-isation’ of politics?

30 April 2017 12:00

A French friend tells me that Emmanuel Macron represents the ‘Uber-isation’ of politics. I suppose that makes Le Pen the…

Emmanuel Macron is marching towards disaster

30 April 2017 10:00

Coming out of a celebratory dinner at a Montparnasse brasserie after topping the poll in the first round of the…

Emmanuel Macron is wrong to think his election victory is a foregone conclusion

27 April 2017 10:09

France is in a flap and Emmanuel Macron is to blame. On Sunday evening the En Marche! leader looked for…

Meet France’s answer to Nigel Farage

24 April 2017 13:43

The success of Emmanuel Macron’s ‘En Marche’, a party which is barely a year old, has taken some by surprise.…

An unlikely alliance of Communists and Catholics could yet spoil Macron’s coronation

24 April 2017 12:38

After their humiliation with Brexit and Donald Trump, the pollsters returned to form in France with their predictions of a…

Is Emmanuel Macron doomed to be a lame duck President from the start?

24 April 2017 9:08

Emmanuel Macron is on the verge of becoming the youngest president in French history. If he is successful in defeating his…

Who will win the French election – and does it even matter?

23 April 2017 8:00

Who will win the French presidential election? Does it even matter? Nothing in the programmes or personalities of the leading…

France’s deplorable election has unified voters in disgust

22 April 2017 11:23

I popped into the village pharmacy this morning with a prescription for valium. Not for me, I hasten to add,…

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…

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the dark horse in the French election

22 April 2017 8:30

The lovely Dordogne village of St Pompon that is my holiday hide-away has only 350 voters, but is a perfect…