France

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…

Why Britain’s Jews look to France with fear

6 September 2018 11:51

The Jewish New Year begins on Sunday and to mark the festival of Rosh Hashanah, Emmanuel Macron visited the Grand…

Emmanuel Macron holds Britain’s Brexit fate in his hands

3 September 2018 17:42

C.S. Forester, creator of Hornblower, a great student of Anglo-French relations, wrote a now often overlooked exhortative novel titled Death…

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…

Forced marriage is the MeToo generation’s ‘no go’ subject

3 August 2018 10:07

By now you’ve probably heard of Marie Laguerre. The 22-year-old student was punched in the face last week by a…

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…

Can France’s World Cup success help in the fight against Islamists?

23 July 2018 9:15

It’s not surprising that so many Frenchmen and women partied in Paris last Sunday to celebrate their country’s World Cup…

Is Jean-Marie Le Pen the patriarch of European populism?

2 July 2018 16:51

Jean-Marie Le Pen turned 90 last month and to celebrate he threw a party on Saturday for 350 guests. His three daughters…

Meet Macron’s nemesis: the ‘Malcolm X of French Muslims’

28 June 2018 14:30

Emmanuel Macron is becoming quite the curmudgeon in attacking those who don’t conform to his view of the migrant crisis.…

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…

For France, the World Cup is about more than just football

16 June 2018 9:00

These are challenging times for Emmanuel Macron. Kim Jong-Un has supplanted him as Donald Trump’s Best Friend Forever and he’s…

Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice

15 June 2018 13:26

For the last four months, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has been rotting in a French jail, like Jean Valjean. He…

Macron’s defeat of the railway unions is as historic as Thatcher’s victory over Scargill

15 June 2018 9:13

Who would have thought it? French president Emmanuel Macron has defeated the French railway unions. His victory is as symbolic…

Emmanuel Macron’s challenge for French lesbians

6 June 2018 9:09

The man who brought France’s Socialist Party to the brink of ruin has no sense of shame. In recent weeks,…

Erdogan’s influence is spreading across Europe

29 May 2018 16:17

Two video clips did the rounds in the French media at the weekend. One went global, that of the heart-warming heroism…

Will Macron meet his match in Marion Maréchal?

23 May 2018 10:13

Last summer, a French magazine warned on its front cover that 250,000 migrants were headed their way in 2018. ‘Alarmist’,…

Europe is the new front in the Israel-Palestine conflict

18 May 2018 11:33

Gaza has a galvanising effect on Europeans. Jeremy Corbyn, for example, appeared to have no consolatory words for France after…

The French far left’s common cause with Islamism

14 May 2018 10:05

The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: ‘Islamo-Gauchiste’, a term…

The far left’s fascists are rebels without a cause

3 May 2018 12:30

Imagine if the 1,200 hoodlums who rampaged through Paris on May Day had been members of a far-right organisation. Imagine…

Macron-Trump bromance blossoms as the sun sets on Special Relationship

23 April 2018 7:57

Twenty-one years ago the sun finally set on the British Empire with the handover of Hong Kong. Now, the sun…

Why should France tolerate Islamic intolerance?

22 April 2018 10:43

Why has the refusal of France to grant a passport to an Algerian woman who declined to shake the hand…

Islamists are relishing France’s slow slide into chaos

26 March 2018 11:41

There is something fundamentally rotten at the heart of the European far-left. In Britain it manifests itself in institutional anti-Semitism,…

The chivalry of France’s murdered policeman

24 March 2018 11:44

There’s one word you may not hear in connection with the death of Lt-Col Beltrame who died last night, the…

Islamist terror returns to France

23 March 2018 14:07

Islamist terror returned to France this morning with at least three people reportedly killed when a Moroccan man, reportedly claiming…