Gavin Mortimer

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

Sir Christopher Lee, who died last month aged 93, knew how to play a part. One of the consummate actors…