Marine Le Pen

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…

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…

François Hollande has handed his acolyte Emmanuel Macron a poisoned chalice

10 May 2017 16:49

Every politician in France is on manoeuvres. Vast chasms have opened up in the anti-Le Pen coalition and the country…

The National Front loses its golden girl

10 May 2017 9:19

The golden girl of the National Front has gone and with her go the grassroot hopes for an alternative to…

Brexiteers are Marine Le Pen’s natural opponents

8 May 2017 16:35

I’m a Brexiteer and I’m glad Le Pen lost. Those Brexit-bashers who say ‘Brexit-Trump-Le-Pen’ almost as one word, as if…

It’s time to put ‘Not In My Name’ on the ballot paper

8 May 2017 16:00

As Jonathan Miller astutely observes, the abstainers and spoilers in the French election are now the real third force in…

Can a liberal Catholic now save France?

8 May 2017 12:18

France is a muddled nation, n’est-ce pas? And at the root of the muddle is, guess what, religion. Maybe the muddle…

After Le Pen’s defeat, is the Front National heading for a split?

8 May 2017 8:33

So what now for Marine Le Pen and the National Front? On an evening when the party polled a record…

Le Pen – the female champion of the excluded – trumps Europe’s shouty men

7 May 2017 10:00

Pierre Poujade was a French shopkeeper who, in the mid-1950s, led quite a powerful right-wing revolt in favour of the…

It’s now time to say: Congratulations President Macron

6 May 2017 10:16

There is perhaps some remote mathematical chance that France’s new elected monarch will be struck down by a meteorite before…

Emmanuel Macron is the perfect product of Parisian groupthink

4 May 2017 16:38

As the polls reopen this weekend for the coronation of Emmanuel Macron, the political establishment will congratulate themselves for having…

The Spectator Podcast: Queen of Scots

4 May 2017 16:05

On this week’s episode, we look at the rebirth of the Scottish Conservatives, ask whether it’s helpful to call Marine Le…

Marine Le Pen has come out with the best political line of the year

4 May 2017 11:02

It was the best line of the night. The best line of the campaign, in fact. It might even prove…

Slick Macron triumphs over Le Pen in France’s feisty TV debate

4 May 2017 8:37

There were times during last night’s televised debate between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron when it resembled more a…

Could the French far left propel Marine Le Pen to victory?

3 May 2017 17:22

The French philosopher Jean-Pierre Faye’s career has encompassed everything from fiction to prose poetry, but he will best be remembered…

France’s burkini row returns

2 May 2017 12:35

Bad weather swept across southern France over the May Day holiday but summer is just around the corner and with…

Britain’s election is seriously uninspiring. Can I head to France?

2 May 2017 10:45

I see that the polls have narrowed a bit, although I can’t see an earthly reason why they would have…

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…

Does Emmanuel Macron represent the ‘Uber-isation’ of politics?

30 April 2017 12:00

A French friend tells me that Emmanuel Macron represents the ‘Uber-isation’ of politics. I suppose that makes Le Pen the…

Emmanuel Macron is marching towards disaster

30 April 2017 10:00

Coming out of a celebratory dinner at a Montparnasse brasserie after topping the poll in the first round of the…

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…

The Spectator Podcast: Europe’s new emperor

27 April 2017 14:43

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we discuss whether France is voting for the lesser of two evils…

Emmanuel Macron is wrong to think his election victory is a foregone conclusion

27 April 2017 10:09

France is in a flap and Emmanuel Macron is to blame. On Sunday evening the En Marche! leader looked for…

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…

Macron’s marriage shows how different Britain and France really are

25 April 2017 14:25

If Emmanuel Macron were British, would he be a Tory, Lib Dem or a Blairite? Or would he be blubbing…