John Keiger

France is eternally divided

25 April 2022 11:30 pm

A lot happened in France last night. After a lacklustre performance, long disillusioned supporters were unable to summon any enthusiasm…

Even if he wins Macron could be facing disaster

13 April 2022 4:00 pm

Unaccustomed as political scientists are to florid language, they have nevertheless come up with the ‘theory of the dyke’, to…

France is on the brink of a political realignment

10 April 2022 5:00 pm

Until a week before today’s first round of the presidential race the French appeared to be shunning their favourite electoral…

Who's to blame for France's catastrophic intelligence failure in Ukraine?

2 April 2022 5:15 pm

From the outset of the war in Ukraine, the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence agencies have accurately predicted every twist and turn of…

Did the end of the Cold War make conflict in Ukraine inevitable?

11 March 2022 6:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows, once again, that seismic shifts in the international order are inexorably followed by war. The adjustment…

Why does Macron keep meddling in international crises?

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Macron’s global posturing may prove to be his downfall

Zemmour, Marion Maréchal and the union of the French Right

30 January 2022 7:40 pm

The news that the highly influential third-generation member of the Le Pen family, Marion Maréchal, will not be backing her…

Could Marine Le Pen be shut out of France's election?

18 January 2022 6:18 pm

Could France’s upcoming presidential election risk destabilising the country, whether or not Emmanuel Macron triumphs? So far, nearly 40 candidates…

France has the most to lose from Britain's turn away from Europe

29 December 2021 6:00 pm

It was Napoleon who declared that ‘a state has the politics of its geography’. We do well to remember that…

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…