Gavin Mortimer

Why the French right prefer Putin to progressives

16 February 2022 7:01 pm

Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Moscow last week was reminiscent of a trip made by Charles de Gaulle to the Russian…

Might Macron's future rest with the England rugby team?

14 February 2022 6:35 pm

After two rounds of the Six Nations, France is the only unbeaten team. Their victory against Ireland in a ferocious…

Shadows of Macron: could Valérie Pécresse become France’s first female president?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Could Valérie Pécresse become France’s first female president?

Can Macron really lecture Putin about democracy?

9 February 2022 10:09 pm

A penny for the thoughts of Vladimir Putin on Monday as he stared at Emmanuel Macron from the end of…

Covid has shattered France’s commitment to liberty

1 February 2022 7:52 pm

It is a peculiarity of how France has responded to the Covid pandemic that the unvaccinated, or those who have…

Eric Zemmour isn’t to blame for France’s anti-Semitism crisis

29 January 2022 6:00 pm

Emmanuel Macron sees anti-Semitism everywhere except where it really lurks. Earlier this month his government accused protesters opposed to the…

Macron's vaccine culture war

26 January 2022 9:10 pm

When French prime minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran held a press conference last week, they outlined the timetable…

Cheer up Boris, the French still like you

25 January 2022 8:00 pm

If, as many are predicting, the wheels are about to come off Boris Johnson’s premiership, few world leaders will be…

The fate of the French Socialists is a warning for Boris Johnson

21 January 2022 7:11 pm

The defection of Christian Wakeford to Labour has put a spring in the step of the left-wing party. Apparently it…

My life as an outcast under Macron's vaccine passport scheme

18 January 2022 10:01 pm

When the vaccine pass comes into effect later this week, I will not be able to enter a bar or…

Macron's anti-vaxxer bashing will backfire in France's 'lost territories'

10 January 2022 11:22 pm

Who are the ten per cent of the French population that Emmanuel Macron wishes to ’emmerder’ or, as we say…

Macron has crossed a line in his war on the unvaccinated

5 January 2022 7:22 pm

The new year has not started well for Emmanuel Macron. It began badly when some bright spark in the Elysée…

The misery of Macron’s Covid clampdown

24 December 2021 10:16 pm

My daughter’s Christmas won’t quite be the same this year. She and I are in England but her French mother…

Boris Johnson’s betrayal of conservative values

21 December 2021 8:51 pm

Two years ago this week I wrote a piece for Coffee House entitled ‘Corbyn may be a goner but his…

Macron’s British travel ban is entirely political

17 December 2021 1:57 am

Emmanuel Macron subjected France to a two-hour primetime television interview on Wednesday evening which must have been a pre-Christmas treat…

Islamic extremists would welcome the election of Eric Zemmour

14 December 2021 7:16 pm

Eric Zemmour enjoyed a propitious weekend as he embarked on his first official overseas visit as a presidential candidate. It…

Meet the Brexit-hating Macron clone who could be the next French president

5 December 2021 9:08 pm

The best way to describe Valérie Pécresse is Emmanuel Macron in a blouse. The newly-elected candidate for Les Republicans (LR)…

Eric Zemmour's big weakness has been exposed

3 December 2021 7:02 pm

George W Bush will forever be in debt to The Donald. Before Trump became the 45th president of the United…

Zemmour's campaign launch painted a dark vision of France

1 December 2021 1:34 am

So it’s official: Eric Zemmour will stand as a candidate in next year’s French presidential election. It was hardly a…

Why a love child might help ‘Papa Zemmour’

28 November 2021 4:36 am

It’s not often you find Eric Zemmour plastered across the front of Closer magazine. Brigitte Macron, Beyonce and Lady Gaga…

The Channel deaths were a tragedy waiting to happen

25 November 2021 7:17 pm

Yesterday’s tragedy in the Channel has been ten years in the making. The British tabloids this morning are inevitably pointing…

Who is – and isn't – welcome in Sadiq Khan's London?

22 November 2021 8:49 pm

Right-wing Frenchman Eric Zemmour, who is expected to run for the presidency of his country next year, has been designated persona…

France is using migrants just like Belarus

13 November 2021 10:05 pm

It was hard not to laugh, coldly, at the statement from western members of the UN Security Council that condemned…

A troubling tide of anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and France

13 November 2021 10:28 am

A day after the Israeli ambassador to Britain, Tzipi Hotovely, was harassed as she left the London School of Economics,…

Why is Jean-Luc Mélenchon's party trying to disarm the police?

9 November 2021 1:12 am

A French police officer was attacked with a knife in Cannes this morning. The victim – whose bullet-proof vest saved him…