France

Will France cut taxes and boost the economy in response to the protests?

12 April 2019 11:38

For 21 weeks now the Gilets Jaunes have taken to the streets of French cities to protest. It began as…

Theresa May must stand up to Emmanuel Macron’s Brexit posturing

9 April 2019 11:47

In this the 115th anniversary week of the Entente Cordiale, the French president and the British Prime Minister will meet…

The real reason Macron is desperate to woo Xi Jinping

26 March 2019 14:14

Chinese president Xi Jinping came to France and is taking home 300 Airbus jetliners, a large consignment of frozen chickens…

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 is leading France towards disaster

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…