Gavin Mortimer

We should be wary of our spooks’ complacency about Huawei

30 January 2020 2:49 am

I might be feeling more confident about the government’s decision to give Huawei a limited role in building Britain’s 5G…

Whatever happened to ‘Je Suis Charlie’?

10 January 2020 10:56 pm

Five years on from the horrific Charlie Hebdo massacre in which a dozen people lost their lives, politicians have been busy…

Islamists have opened a terrifying new front in their war with France

6 January 2020 11:51 pm

France has endured an appalling series of Islamist terror attacks in recent years. One might feel a sense of relief…

Corbyn may be a goner but his ideology is as strong as ever

27 December 2019 6:00 pm

East Germans had a name for their version of ‘woke’ culture’; it was Zersetzung, or ‘decomposition’ in English. It was…

France, not Britain, is the real angry and divided nation

23 December 2019 8:00 pm

Remember when Boris Johnson met Emmanuel Macron for the first time as Prime Minister? It was in August and, as…

My fear about the next generation of jihadists

2 December 2019 11:19 pm

I’ve just finished reading William Manchester’s absorbing memoir about the Pacific War. ‘Goodbye Darkness’ is a reminder of just how…

Boris could learn from Macron’s approach to extremism

16 November 2019 8:00 pm

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron have more in common than just a desire to ‘get Brexit done’. The pair also…

Poppy-wearing politicians must do more to help war heroes

9 November 2019 1:35 am

It will be a sight for sore eyes on Sunday when leaders of the two main parties lay their wreaths…

Emmanuel Macron will regret his failure to crack down on Islamists

8 October 2019 1:11 am

It beggars belief that Mickaël Harpon was employed as a computer expert in the intelligence department at police HQ in…

Labour is following in the doomed footsteps of the French left

27 September 2019 7:57 pm

The left no longer exists as a coherent political force in France. Embarrassed in the 2017 presidential election, the Socialist…

The French city zones where police rarely escape unscathed

12 September 2019 7:11 pm

In December 2015, Donald Trump claimed parts of the French capital were no-go zones for the police. ‘Paris is no…

The strange love-in between Michel Houellebecq and Emmanuel Macron

12 January 2019 9:00 am

France’s literary event of the year took place this week with the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, Serotonin. Named…

The gilets jaunes have become a symbol of resistance worn with pride by the downtrodden

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I met a friend for lunch in Paris last Sunday. He and his wife had come up from the countryside…

Is Emmanuel Macron having a meltdown?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Emmanuel Macron was elated when France won the World Cup in July. The photograph of him leaping out of his…

Why French kids don’t get fat – and British ones do

20 October 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago a book called French Women Don’t Get Fat took the Anglophone world by storm. It was a…

How gentlemen supplanted hooligans in football

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Most British sports fans are familiar with the maxim that ‘football is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans, and…

Macron’s Thatcher moment has arrived

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The honeymoon is over for Emmanuel Macron. His first 11 months in office have been something of a breeze —…

Is Macron’s vanity presidency already falling apart?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The French president’s embarrassing attempts to reinvent himself as the new Tony Blair are not working

Who dares lies: why do so many men pretend to have been in the SAS?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Why do so many men (including Sir Christopher Lee) fib about serving with the SAS?