John Keiger

The remarkable rise of French sovereignism

12 November 2021 11:35 pm

The French presidential campaign reveals French voters’ widespread urge to roll back EU powers. The top five candidates for the…

Macron is following in the failed footsteps of the wrong Napoleon

2 November 2021 8:21 am

Is Emmanuel Macron turning into Emperor Napoleon III? Not the great Napoleon who conquered Europe and was eventually defeated by…

Emmanuel Macron and the art of tantrum diplomacy

26 September 2021 9:47 am

France’s fit of pique following Australia’s cancelled submarine contract – and the signing of the Aukus pact – is a…

The real reason France was excluded from Aukus

19 September 2021 6:30 am

The fallout from Australia’s cancellation of its submarine contract with France and the new trilateral Indo-Pacific security pact between Australia,…

Macron's ambitions have been torpedoed by Aukus

17 September 2021 6:50 am

Today France is outraged. First, explicitly because Australia has broken a large contract to have a French company design their…

Is the EU trying to hamstring the French military?

1 September 2021 4:30 pm

Much recent discussion has focussed on the collapse of Afghanistan and the decline of the West. The humiliating American-led Western…

France’s deep unrest

14 July 2021 4:00 pm

Today is the 232nd anniversary of the great French revolution. Time to take the temperature of the nation. The regional…

Why is Macron feigning outrage at the Danish spying scandal?

5 June 2021 4:00 pm

The feigned outrage in Berlin – but mostly in Paris – at the USA’s proxy use of Denmark’s intelligence services…

France needs Britain more than ever

12 May 2021 3:37 pm

‘What is grave about this situation, Messieurs, is that it is not serious’, was how General de Gaulle addressed his…

France’s military wages war on Macron’s values

2 May 2021 5:54 pm

On 21 April 1961 France’s most senior generals staged a putsch in French Algiers, still an integral part of France.…

Macron's Napoleon complex

4 April 2021 4:15 pm

May 5th this year will be the two hundredth anniversary of Napoleon’s death on Saint Helena, the tiny island in…

The EU's decline is self-inflicted

28 March 2021 6:40 pm

In 1991, at the height of the first Gulf War, the EU demonstrated to the world its divisions and helplessness,…

Barnier and France fear Brexit Britain’s next moves

5 March 2021 10:48 pm

Michel Barnier – still officially the EU’s Brexit taskforce leader – gives few interviews. As a Savoyard and keen mountaineer,…

The EU is struggling to poach the City's business

17 February 2021 6:00 pm

The latest salvos have been fired in the EU’s battle to drain the City of London’s financial business. Brussels –…

Might Macron lose to Le Pen?

30 January 2021 6:50 pm

The latest French opinion poll puts Marine Le Pen on around 26 per cent, ahead of President Emmanuel Macron on 23 per…

France's Covid response is a source of national shame

16 January 2021 6:15 pm

France is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council not to have developed a coronavirus vaccine, and it…

The EU is a divided house

31 December 2020 8:37 pm

What does 2021 hold for the European Union? At the end of 2020 Brussels has gone out of its way…

France would be foolish to veto a Brexit deal

5 December 2020 1:43 am

Britain and France are heading for an almighty bust-up over Brexit. This morning the French junior minister for European affairs,…

Joe Biden isn't the president the EU thinks he is

3 December 2020 7:32 pm

For four years, president Donald Trump radicalised international relations. There was a shift towards the nation state and unilateralism, beginning with the…

Is Macron following in the footsteps of de Gaulle?

15 November 2020 2:10 am

It can’t be much fun being a national leader these days. Be it the US, the UK, all are assailed…

Emmanuel Macron’s Trumpian transformation

7 November 2020 6:47 am

This new world disorder is distorting our vision, so please excuse an apparently fatuous question. Is Emmanuel Macron turning into…

How Macron reacts to the Nice attack will be critical

29 October 2020 11:47 pm

The suspected terrorist attack in Nice’s Notre Dame Basilica this morning appears to be the third such incident in France in…

Why is Macron so determined to infuriate the rest of the world?

27 October 2020 8:03 pm

In the course of his three-and-a-half year presidency, Emmanuel Macron must have the record for the most number of international…

The EU is adrift and in search of an anchor

1 October 2020 12:25 am

The EU has never been a serious global foreign policy player. Without a European army or a meaningful defence pact,…

How the EU is breaking its own Lisbon Treaty

17 September 2020 7:43 pm

That the European Union takes to the moral high ground on international law when it suits it is hardly new.…