French election 2017

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…

Would Le Pen or Macron be better for Brexit?

29 April 2017 9:00

With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel…

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…

What does Emmanuel Macron mean for Brexit?

25 April 2017 12:29

It was a badly kept secret in Westminster that very senior figures in the UK government wanted Francois Fillon to…

Jean-Claude Juncker’s joy at Macron’s win shows the EU’s big problem

25 April 2017 8:43

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election is the good news the EU was waiting…

Who will win the French election – and does it even matter?

23 April 2017 8:00

Who will win the French presidential election? Does it even matter? Nothing in the programmes or personalities of the leading…

Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to talk about Islamic extremism could cost him dearly

21 April 2017 8:56

Last night, an Islamic terrorist opened fire with an assault rifle on a police van on the Champs Élysées in Paris,…

The Spectator Podcast: Election special

20 April 2017 16:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss the two European nations that are are heading for the polls in the next couple…

François Fillon is the anti-Islamist candidate – and an Islamist target

19 April 2017 10:05

The news on Tuesday that French security services have prevented another attack by Islamic extremists should come as no surprise…

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…

Confused by Emmanuel Macron’s beliefs? So is he

15 April 2017 17:26

Some people in Britain may be somewhat confused by Emmanuel Macron, leading candidate in the French presidential election, now just…

Emmanuel Macron is France’s Ed Miliband, not its Justin Trudeau

13 April 2017 9:28

President François Hollande was unable to fix France during his presidency, now expiring. Can he fix the French election by…

How Marion Le Pen is undermining her aunt’s campaign

11 April 2017 11:51

Marine Le Pen sees plots everywhere. In her view the media, the Socialists, the judiciary and even the European Union…

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…

François Hollande’s ‘cabinet noir’: political myth or reality?

28 March 2017 13:06

It’s just as well François Hollande won’t have the opportunity to meet Donald Trump in person before he leaves the Élysée…

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…

Marine Le Pen’s biggest political obstacle is her name

17 March 2017 10:41

I had an illuminating argument with a Socialist friend at the weekend. It began when I expressed my surprise that…

Marine Le Pen will gain the most if Francois Fillon is forced to stand down

6 March 2017 15:18

Marine Le Pen must be struggling to contain her glee at the implosion of the centre-right Républicains party. An extraordinary…

François Fillon needs forgiveness from French conservatives

1 March 2017 19:14

‘One cannot govern France,’ declared François Fillon last November, ‘if one is not irreproachable.’ A little over three months later, however, and the…

Francois Fillon limps on despite ‘fake job’ probe

1 March 2017 12:13

Francois Fillon had previously said he would drop out of the French Presidential race if corruption allegations against him resulted…

Emmanuel Macron’s idyllic vision of France is a myth

22 February 2017 17:08

As Emmanuel Macron stood on the steps of Downing Street on Tuesday urging Britain’s ‘banks, talents, researchers, academics’ to move…

Is Emmanuel Macron the doomed heir to Blair?

8 February 2017 9:25

I have a friend who lost three members of his family when an Islamic extremist drove a truck down the…

The Louvre attack is a reminder that Islamic extremism hasn’t disappeared

3 February 2017 15:15

Friday morning’s attack in Paris in which a machete-wielding man was shot and wounded in the stomach by a French…

Farewell Fillon. Can ‘establishment’ candidates ever win anywhere again?

2 February 2017 16:56

It’s hard not to feel for François Fillon, the French presidential hopeful whose career is now imploding. He looked destined for…