France

In praise of a solidly, wonderfully French hotel

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Nothing in the beach hotel was made of plastic. It wasn’t advertised as being a plastic-free hotel, but we noticed…

Don’t bet against Emmanuel Macron

25 June 2022 9:00 am

It’s nice to be back on the old continent again, especially after getting within a couple of hundred yards of…

Boris is falling into the Macron trap

22 June 2022 5:00 pm

You can’t blame Boris Johnson for jetting off to Kyiv last week for another meet-and-greet session with Volodymyr Zelensky. He…

Could Macron lose his majority?

13 June 2022 4:00 pm

Last night was a poor one for the President. His Ensemble coalition appear neck and neck with La Nouvelle Union Populaire Écologique…

Macron vs the deep state

2 June 2022 11:47 pm

French diplomats are on strike today. But will anyone notice? Not to be immodest, I am especially well qualified to…

Blair is wrong: the future of Britain shouldn’t involve Macron

28 May 2022 6:00 pm

Tony Blair believes the way forward for Britain is to seek guidance from Emmanuel Macron. The former British prime minister…

How far will house prices fall?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

‘Forecasting is a mug’s game’ is a truism attributed to everyone from fantasy author Douglas Adams to former Bank of…

Operation Chariot succeeded because it was unthinkable

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Eighty years ago, just after midnight on 28 March 1942, the British destroyer HMS Campbeltown crept up the estuary of…

How not to fish

21 May 2022 9:00 am

After two nights at Le Grau-du-Roi (the King’s Pond) and a night spent within the medieval walls of Aigues-Mortes (Stagnant…

The madness of France’s burkini bust-up

19 May 2022 6:35 pm

To burkini, or not to burkini? This is the question that divides France in the run-up to the first round…

The French right is hopelessly divided

15 May 2022 6:00 pm

Here we go again. Exhausted by a presidential campaign that ultimately produced the same choice as in 2017 (and the…

How a May Day car-boot sale gave me back my optimism

7 May 2022 9:00 am

So that’s it. Is a third world war possible? It’s already begun, opined a retired US general in the newspaper.…

Can anyone stop Emmanuel Macron?

5 May 2022 3:10 am

If they weren’t insufficiently weary of politicians, the French will be invited to vote all over again for the Assemblée…

The call of opium-based analgesics and introspection

30 April 2022 9:00 am

On the morning of my last day in England, I drew back a curtain and there in the garden, browsing…

Can Mélenchon unite the French left?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Can Mélenchon unite the French left?

Portrait of the week: Twitter takeover, late nights for pubs and a row over leg-crossing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said Britain assessed that 15,000 Russians had been killed in the war against Ukraine…

The relentless march of Europe’s zombie centrists

26 April 2022 4:00 pm

Journalists rarely had it so easy as when it came to writing up the final result of the French presidential…

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…

Where does Macron go from here?

25 April 2022 6:00 pm

The French do not want Emmanuel Macron’s party to win in the National Assembly, at least according to polls taken at…

Forget Le Pen 2027

25 April 2022 5:30 pm

If Emmanuel Macron has any sense he will be back in the office this morning. Sunday night’s celebratory shindig was…

Apres Macron, the radical left?

25 April 2022 6:29 am

Bof! That useful French word – an older and slightly less irritating version of the American-English ‘meh’ – is how…

The French have voted for the lesser of two evils

25 April 2022 4:30 am

Few scenes of jubilation as Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President. French voters held their noses and voted without evident enthusiasm…

Is this the end of Marine Le Pen?

24 April 2022 4:00 pm

Today’s election in France is likely to be a joyless, miserable affair for the electors who will dutifully turn out.…

Will Russia sink Le Pen?

23 April 2022 8:00 pm

Paris, France Marine Le Pen has changed her image. Five years ago, the veteran far-right leader lost her second bid…

Narcissist vs fantasist: France’s gruesome choice

23 April 2022 9:00 am

France faces a gruesome choice