France

Macron’s biggest enemy is himself – not the unions

31 August 2017 16:13

The labour market would be revolutionised. France would start growing rapidly again, leading the way in Europe. Tech entrepreneurs would…

Why western women are now the Islamists’ target of choice

23 August 2017 9:24

There has been an unprecedented development this year in the Islamists’ war on the West. For the first time their…

France’s terror threat hasn’t gone away

9 August 2017 14:54

The latest attack in France couldn’t have come at a worse time for the government. On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Édouard…

France is getting fed up with Brigitte Macron

7 August 2017 11:17

Having recently hosted Bono and Rihanna and taken centre stage during Donald Trump’s visit to France, Brigitte Macron now has a…

Last summer, feminists defended the burkini. Will they now defend the bikini?

30 July 2017 9:39

If there was a buzzword from last summer then it was surely ‘burkini’. The media got its swimsuit in a…

Emmanuel Macron has already given up on reforming France

28 July 2017 12:42

Labour regulations were going to be swept aside. The euro would be reformed, tech entrepreneurs would flock to Paris, and…

The Spectator Podcast: Macron’s vanity fair

27 July 2017 13:04

On this week’s episode we discuss whether Macron is losing his gloss, ask if the Brexit talks are heading in the…

France is finally looking forward to some Brit-bashing

29 June 2017 8:53

Was that a touch of gloating I detected last night as I watched the news on French television? The lead item…

Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

Macron mania is still sweeping across France

7 June 2017 11:07

It’s in the little gestures one learns much about a man, and such is the case with Emmanuel Macron. Since…

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…