Paris

In pictures: May Day protests in Paris turn violent

1 May 2019 15:12

Hundreds of people have been arrested after violent May Day clashes in the centre of Paris. Tens of thousands of…

Notre Dame’s loss is too much to bear

15 April 2019 22:18

Civilisation only ever hangs by a thread. Today one of those threads seems to have frayed, perhaps snapped. It is…

Picture gallery: Notre-Dame cathedral devastated by fire

15 April 2019 21:02

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze that has devastated Notre Dame in Paris. The medieval cathedral’s spire and roof…

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…

Books Podcast: Sebastian Faulks’s ghosts in Paris

6 September 2018 15:27

In this week’s books podcast, I’m talking to Sebastian Faulks about his brilliant new novel Paris Echo, which describes the…

Donald Trump is right to ditch the Paris Agreement

2 June 2017 15:48

Yesterday’s announcement by Donald Trump that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is truly historic. The Paris accord was…

Paris wants to fight terror with culture. Will it work?

6 February 2017 17:24

The news about the machete man in the Louvre broke just as my Eurostar was approaching Paris. Was this just…

Terror returns to Paris in Louvre attack

3 February 2017 11:34

A man armed with a machete has been shot by a soldier outside the Louvre in Paris this morning. French…

The sad state of Gare du Nord offers a miserable welcome to Paris

7 January 2017 10:00

Last week I took the Eurostar to the Gare du Nord in Paris. We had lunch next to the station…

We should be flattered not threatened by France’s bid to take on the City

22 October 2016 10:05

The French are trying to seduce the British to come and work in Paris. A video hymns the delights of…

France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

Will politicians finally admit that the Paris attacks had something to do with Islam?

31 December 2015 8:50

Written after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January and revised after the Paris attacks in November, Douglas Murray’s piece on…

Don’t worry: the Paris climate deal is non-binding – and, ergo, toothless

12 December 2015 19:29

The Paris agreement is another acknowledgement of international reality. Further proof, if any was needed, that the developing world will…

There’s nothing cowardly about the French

27 November 2015 16:43

Several years ago I visited the village of Couillery in Lower Normandy to interview Juliette Girard for a book I…

Another day, and another terror attack that is ‘nothing to do with Islam’

20 November 2015 15:19

Another day and another group of men from an unknown religion storm into a hotel shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. This time…

Yes, we wear poppies. But we don’t print our faces onto them

18 November 2015 15:57

‘What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?’ asks my colleague…

Islamic State are clear about their values. Are we clear about ours?

16 November 2015 13:38

Here we go again. The same mantras are dusted down: we must be more assertive of our values, less tolerant…

In their own words – the Paris attacks as told by the survivors

14 November 2015 10:27

Last night, terrorists launched a total of six coordinated attacks at high-profile sites across Paris. French prosecutors have put the current…

I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

24 January 2015 14:40

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put…

French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French…