French politics

France’s horror at the prospect of prime minister Boris

12 June 2019 16:51

Should Boris Johnson become Prime Minister it would be a calamity for his country and for Europe. That’s the view…

Could the golden girl of the French right emulate Macron?

21 February 2018 8:24

The news that Marion Maréchal-Le Pen will share a stage this week with US conservatives, addressing the annual Conservative Political…

Marine Le Pen has no future so what next for the French right?

11 September 2017 9:08

There have been few debates in recent political history as disastrous as the one that unfolded in May when Marine…

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…

How long can Macron’s message of hope survive?

19 June 2017 11:55

It says much about the extraordinary rise of Emmanuel Macron that some commentators are describing the outcome of Sunday’s second…

By their own logic, feminists should support Marine Le Pen

1 May 2017 7:55

Why aren’t feminists lining up behind Le Pen? I thought women had a moral responsibility to back women standing for…

Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris terror attack

20 April 2017 23:03

Just days before the first round of voting in the French presidential election, there has been a terrorist attack on…

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…

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…

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…

François Fillon’s presidential campaign may be about to unravel

1 February 2017 13:41

François Fillon’s bid to become president of France has suffered another serious blow with more allegations of financial impropriety in…

Lawlessness and disorder: Francois Hollande’s presidency has been a disaster

2 December 2016 11:22

Forgive me if I sound a touch complacent at the news that Francois Hollande has fallen on his sword. In…

Juppé, Fillon or Le Pen: who will define the French right?

21 November 2016 12:36

And once more the polls have got it wrong. For months French pollsters confidently predicted that the first round of…

Thatcherism for France: Sarkozy bows out as François Fillon surges in presidency race

21 November 2016 8:34

So farewell, then, Nicolas Sarkozy. After winning just 21pc of the votes in the primary to decide the conservative candidate…

Marine Le Pen is using fashion as a political weapon

5 November 2016 9:00

In September, Marine Le Pen travelled to Brachay, a microscopic right-wing commune in northeastern France. Despite its diminutive size, this…

When the French mood finally snaps, Marine Le Pen will be waiting

19 July 2016 17:13

Last Friday I noted that you don’t have to go back many months to get the latest mass-casualty terrorist atrocity…

Corsican nationalism is gaining strength. Could it soon cause problems for France?

14 December 2015 11:28

The second round of the French regional election was surprising in many ways. Surprising, because the strategy of the ‘Front…

François Hollande could still win in 2017 — tonight’s election result proves it

13 December 2015 21:22

François Hollande appears to have been consigned to the political mortuary. The first Socialist French president since François Mitterrand has…

The French know what Dominique Strauss-Kahn gets up to in bed — and they’d still vote for him

19 June 2015 9:49

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund,…

Marine Le Pen is now willing to sacrifice her father in order to defend French Jews

15 April 2015 11:30

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French Front National, really is determined to muzzle her father Jean-Marie Le Pen once…