France

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…

What’s the truth about the Gilets jaunes?

29 November 2018 14:59

Marine Le Pen spent last Saturday commenting on the scenes from the Champs-Elysées as the latest Gilets Jaunes demonstration turned…

How Macron became the modern day Marie Antoinette

26 November 2018 14:33

Imagine if David Cameron, at the height of the riots in August 2011, had abandoned London to embark on a…

The chaos is closer to home than Macron thinks

19 November 2018 10:10

Out and about in Paris on Saturday I passed scores of protestors on their way to the Champs-Élysées to vent…

Macron and Trump’s doomed bromance is good news for Le Pen

14 November 2018 11:52

Emmanuel Macron’s hosting of sixty world leaders in Paris last weekend to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice has turned…

Hugh Grant marches for the people… from France

20 October 2018 13:09

The EU flags, glitter berets and bad taste posters are out in full force today as the People’s Vote march…

France is fracturing but Macron remains in denial

17 October 2018 8:58

As chalices go, few are as poisoned as the one Emmanuel Macron has just handed Christophe Castaner. Minister of the…

The euro is the source of Macron’s troubles

16 October 2018 11:17

A new interior minister. A new agriculture and culture minister. There wasn’t, despite some speculation, a new prime minister, but…

What is motivating Macron’s self-destructive Brexit position?

24 September 2018 12:23

As France prepared to go to the polls in the Spring of 2017, it was already probable that Emmanuel Macron…

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…