France

Emmanuel Macron’s new third way

16 May 2017 7:55

Édouard Philippe is the perfect fit to be Emmanuel Macron’s Premier Minister. A one-time Socialist who then switched to the…

Can a liberal Catholic now save France?

8 May 2017 12:18

France is a muddled nation, n’est-ce pas? And at the root of the muddle is, guess what, religion. Maybe the muddle…

It’s now time to say: Congratulations President Macron

6 May 2017 10:16

There is perhaps some remote mathematical chance that France’s new elected monarch will be struck down by a meteorite before…

L’abstention: the third option for France

5 May 2017 12:30

This weekend, France will again go to the polls in the final round of voting. The choice is between Marine…

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…

The Spectator Podcast: Europe’s new emperor

27 April 2017 14:43

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we discuss whether France is voting for the lesser of two evils…

France wants a new saviour. Will it be Macron or Le Pen?

25 April 2017 19:44

After having given themselves and the rest of us a fright, France’s voters have, by a worryingly small margin, stepped…

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…

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…

Meet the London bankers voting for Le Pen

6 April 2017 15:00

With weeks to go until the French presidential election, the London branch of Marine Le Pen’s Front National are working hard. In the…

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…

Books Podcast: Charlotte Rampling

30 March 2017 10:25

A few years ago, Charlotte Rampling signed a contract to write her autobiography – and then, the project not long…

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…

Why do so many French youngsters support Marine Le Pen?

9 March 2017 15:14

I’m very sceptical of the idea that the younger generation are more conservative than their elders, and that this makes conservatism…

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…

Francois Fillon limps on despite ‘fake job’ probe

1 March 2017 12:13

Francois Fillon had previously said he would drop out of the French Presidential race if corruption allegations against him resulted…

Brexit isn’t to blame for the Polish exodus

23 February 2017 13:03

I guess the hate crime epidemic that gripped Britain after Brexit hasn’t put that many people off, with new figures…

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…

The Spectator podcast: The great French collapse

9 February 2017 9:09

On this week’s episode, we consider Marine Le Pen’s path to power in France, whether we allow posh people to bluff their…

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…

Terror returns to Paris in Louvre attack

3 February 2017 11:34

A man armed with a machete has been shot by a soldier outside the Louvre in Paris this morning. French…

Is Benoît Hamon France’s answer to Jeremy Corbyn?

24 January 2017 9:15

He was supposed to be the third man of the French Socialist primary held on Sunday. While all eyes were…