John Keiger

Is France’s left-wing coalition more dangerous than Le Pen?

17 June 2024 12:24 am

French and international media cannot break their fixation with the ‘extreme right’. They continue to target the Rassemblement National (RN)…

France’s future looks far from certain

12 June 2024 10:08 pm

The much loved and quintessentially French singer, Françoise Hardy, born in 1944, died last night. French certainties are disappearing. The…

The EU may struggle to find its way out of this election crisis

10 June 2024 11:40 pm

It is said that the EU thrives on crises. These are what spurs it on to the ultimate goal of…

Macron is trying to scare French voters into rejecting Le Pen’s party

10 June 2024 4:21 pm

The French presidential list score in the European elections ‘is not a good result for the parties which defend Europe’.…

Macron is to blame for France’s dismal economy

2 June 2024 9:57 pm

Standard & Poor’s downgrading of France’s credit rating on Friday is a hammer blow to President Macron’s reputation. The ratings…

Aukus is becoming a potent alliance

6 May 2024 4:30 pm

Compare and contrast the frenetic, largely unwanted and unnecessary manoeuvres to create a common EU defence union, with the methodical,…

Why Emmanuel Macron wants to give nukes to the EU

30 April 2024 8:43 pm

Emmanuel Macron is thinking and saying the unthinkable for a French President of the Republic. This weekend he suggested that…

The plot to stop Marine Le Pen could backfire badly

6 April 2024 1:22 am

At first, French elites haughtily dismissed the Rassemblement National (RN) and its voters. Then they were in denial about its…

Keir Starmer should think twice before shunning Marine Le Pen

25 March 2024 5:06 pm

Riding high in the polls with a 20-point lead, the Labour party is preparing for government. Across the Channel with…

Why is Macron suddenly pro-Ukraine? Fear of Le Pen

10 March 2024 11:23 pm

Its an old ruse to deploy foreign policy for domestic purposes. France has a long history in that vein. General…

Why France is a target for Russian spies

4 March 2024 9:55 pm

Last week was a good time to bury bad news in France. While French and international media were focused on…

Britain should resist French pressure for a joint defence plan

18 February 2024 5:00 pm

On Friday President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Volodymyr Zelensky to the Elysée with great fanfare. The Ukrainian president was in Paris…

France is tiring of Macron’s gimmicks

14 January 2024 7:14 pm

President Emmanuel Macron and his freshly installed Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, appointed a new French cabinet this week. It is…

Can ‘mini Macron’ rescue France’s president?

11 January 2024 6:59 pm

France’s Emmanuel Macron, the Fifth Republic’s youngest president, has just appointed its youngest prime minister, 34-year-old Gabriel Attal. The former socialist…

Is Airbus a metaphor for Britain’s relationship with the EU?

31 December 2023 5:01 pm

A French member of the board of Airbus – the giant European aircraft and aerospace group – once told me…

The French elite have realised that Marine Le Pen might win

10 December 2023 7:59 pm

You can tell that French elections are in the air because legal proceedings are being taken against a leading figure…

Could the world go to war again?

11 November 2023 3:01 am

Armistice Day is an appropriate moment to reflect on why democracies triumphed in the two world wars that blighted the…

Why is France so fascinated by the royals?

20 September 2023 3:45 pm

As King Charles’ state visit to France begins, it is clear that France is not as republican as it claims.…

How Africa fell out of love with France

9 September 2023 9:00 am

The death of Françafrique

There is not much for Macron to celebrate on this Bastille Day

14 July 2023 2:58 am

In January this year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak outlined his five priorities for Britain against a hazy timetable. Meanwhile in…

The French riots threaten the state’s very existence

3 July 2023 4:27 am

How dangerous are riots to the very existence of the French state? Most commentators avoid the question and concentrate on causes.…

Will Macron be forced to raise French taxes?

26 June 2023 5:31 pm

The inevitable is at last beginning to dawn on Emmanuel Macron. The extravagant spending spree initiated after the violent and…

Did France invent cricket?

16 June 2023 11:29 pm

As the First Ashes Test begins at Edgbaston it is fitting to recall England’s oldest cricket adversary: France. The Marylebone…

Macron’s muddled foreign policy

12 April 2023 12:41 am

Even the French reports of President Macron’s state visit to China last week were unflattering. The highly choreographed ceremonies with…

A Sixth Republic in France is unlikely

8 April 2023 8:00 pm

France is confronted by a serious social crisis, morphing into a grave political crisis, which could become a regime crisis.…