France

Macron will win and lose in his battle to change France

20 January 2020 11:32

Winston Churchill’s comment about France has lost none of its piquancy. Churchill famously said of the difference between Britain, France…

Islamists have opened a terrifying new front in their war with France

6 January 2020 12:51

France has endured an appalling series of Islamist terror attacks in recent years. One might feel a sense of relief…

France’s doomed socialist project should make Corbyn voters think twice

8 December 2019 8:00

What will happen if Jeremy Corbyn wins? Will it be a nightmare on Downing Street, as Liam Halligan suggests in…

Yellow Vests are copying the French left’s worst traditions

19 November 2019 7:00

On Saturday, I visited Chartres and stood in awe inside its cathedral. I was as stunned by its splendour as…

Emmanuel Macron will regret his failure to crack down on Islamists

7 October 2019 15:11

It beggars belief that Mickaël Harpon was employed as a computer expert in the intelligence department at police HQ in…

Labour is following in the doomed footsteps of the French left

27 September 2019 10:57

The left no longer exists as a coherent political force in France. Embarrassed in the 2017 presidential election, the Socialist…

The French city zones where police rarely escape unscathed

12 September 2019 10:11

In December 2015, Donald Trump claimed parts of the French capital were no-go zones for the police. ‘Paris is no…

Does Macron grasp what Corbyn would mean for France?

9 September 2019 12:31

I had supper on Saturday with an old friend. She’s a committed French socialist, a schoolteacher in the Parisian suburb…

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…