France

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…

France’s dilemma: what to do with jihadists who say sorry

6 February 2019 11:35

Patrick Jardin lost his daughter when Islamist terrorists attacked the Bataclan in November 2015. Nathalie was one of 130 people…

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…

Are the Yellow Vests just a bunch of middle class whiners?

23 January 2019 10:37

On two Sundays this month there have been Yellow Vest demonstrations in France organised by women. As one of the…

The weakness behind Macron and Merkel’s love-in

22 January 2019 14:22

Emmanuel Macron spoke for three hours, almost without pause, at the first of his grand débats national in Normandy last…

Emmanuel Macron’s fear of Frexit is bad news for Britain

18 January 2019 8:25

Emmanuel Macron launched his Big Debate on Tuesday and for the next two months the French people will have the…

How Italy’s populists stepped up their war with Macron

17 January 2019 15:38

The war of words between the governments of Italy and France escalated last week, after Italy’s deputy Prime Ministers, Luigi…

The yellow vests are at the vanguard of a politically incorrect uprising

14 January 2019 10:15

The ninth weekend of the gilet jaune protest movement was a mixed result for Emmanuel Macron. The nationwide demonstrations were…

Where did it all go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

28 December 2018 8:00

Twelve months ago Le Journal du Dimanche published an opinion poll in which Emmanuel Macron had an approval rating of…

Has Macron done enough to stop the yellow vest protests?

11 December 2018 12:43

Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French people for thirteen minutes on Monday evening. It was an uncharacteristically sombre address from…

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…

Macron is right about France’s trouble. But he’s the wrong man to fix them

8 December 2018 18:46

Paris is not burning. Or, only a little bit is burning this evening. President Emmanuel Macron flooded the zone with…

My Saturday with the Gilets jaunes in Paris

8 December 2018 17:48

Not quite a ghost town, but when I emerged from the metro at Saint-Germain-des-Prés at midday central Paris was eerily…

Whoever declares victory in France this weekend, Macron’s reputation has been diminished

8 December 2018 14:08

Emmanuel Macron, though it may be a little premature to be sure, appears to be maintaining the semblance of a…

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 has united France against him

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…

What’s the truth about the Gilets jaunes?

29 November 2018 14:59

Marine Le Pen spent last Saturday commenting on the scenes from the Champs-Elysées as the latest Gilets Jaunes demonstration turned…

How Macron became the modern day Marie Antoinette

26 November 2018 14:33

Imagine if David Cameron, at the height of the riots in August 2011, had abandoned London to embark on a…

The chaos is closer to home than Macron thinks

19 November 2018 10:10

Out and about in Paris on Saturday I passed scores of protestors on their way to the Champs-Élysées to vent…

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…

Hugh Grant marches for the people… from France

20 October 2018 13:09

The EU flags, glitter berets and bad taste posters are out in full force today as the People’s Vote march…

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…

What is motivating Macron’s self-destructive Brexit position?

24 September 2018 12:23

As France prepared to go to the polls in the Spring of 2017, it was already probable that Emmanuel Macron…