France

Why France is frustrated – and baffled – by Brexit

2 July 2019 8:20

Silence has befallen French pronouncements on Brexit. Le Monde’s vitriolic editorial (12 June 2019) on Boris Johnson apart, the scene…

Marine Le Pen’s return is good news for Emmanuel Macron

28 May 2019 11:48

If there’s one politician in Europe as triumphant as Nigel Farage right now it’s Emmanuel Macron. The European election results…

France’s results are a humiliation for Macron

26 May 2019 19:45

It was with a mounting sense of disbelief that I counted the votes this evening in my commune in southern…

Could France’s far left and far right come together again?

21 May 2019 6:00

As the European elections approach, Europe’s oldest liberal democracies – Britain and France – are in turmoil. Taking the long…

France’s far-left are looking to Le Pen as their saviour

17 May 2019 9:50

Two years ago, Marine Le Pen was a laughing stock, not just in France but around the world. She was…

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…

In pictures: May Day protests in Paris turn violent

1 May 2019 15:12

Hundreds of people have been arrested after violent May Day clashes in the centre of Paris. Tens of thousands of…

Interview with Ismael Emelien: the man behind Macron’s rise

30 April 2019 11:25

Behind the biggest recent upsets in Western politics lurk two influential advisors: one a scruffy far-right American ideologue who has…

Why aren’t Corbynistas celebrating the gilets jaunes?

29 April 2019 16:50

Why aren’t we Brits talking about the revolt just across the English Channel? Our silence on the gilets jaunes and…

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,…

Notre Dame and Emmanuel Macron’s annus horribilis

16 April 2019 14:53

“Paris outraged, Paris broken, Paris martyred, but Paris liberated!” intoned General de Gaulle on 25 August 1944 from the Hotel…

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.…

The symbolism of Notre Dame’s destruction won’t be lost on Macron

16 April 2019 10:14

The timing of the burning of Notre Dame could not have been worse for Emmanuel Macron. The spire of the…

The Spectator Podcast: where did things go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

12 April 2019 12:59

While Friday may mean the end of the working week for most of us, for many in France, it means…

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…

The real reason Macron is desperate to woo Xi Jinping

26 March 2019 14:14

Chinese president Xi Jinping came to France and is taking home 300 Airbus jetliners, a large consignment of frozen chickens…

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…