Macron

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…

The Spectator Podcast: where did things go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

12 April 2019 12:59

While Friday may mean the end of the working week for most of us, for many in France, it means…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Spectator Podcast: Red London

5 April 2018 17:40

In this week’s episode, we talk about red London – just how badly will the Tories do in the upcoming…

Gavin Williamson’s diplomatic incident

16 February 2018 16:55

Since Gavin Williamson was appointed as Defence Secretary, the Conservative MP has been in a rush to prove his credentials.…

What the government’s fake news unit tell us about the Brexit negotiations

23 January 2018 19:08

The UK government has today announced plans to establish a new unit to counter ‘fake news’. This will serve as…

Sunday shows round-up: Emmanuel Macron – a bespoke UK deal is possible

21 January 2018 16:47

During his visit to Britain to discuss defence and the future of Anglo-French border security, the French President Emmanuel Macron…

Macron’s biggest enemy is himself – not the unions

31 August 2017 16:13

The labour market would be revolutionised. France would start growing rapidly again, leading the way in Europe. Tech entrepreneurs would…

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…

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…