France

Starmer and Le Pen’s similarities

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Emmanuel Macron’s decision to call a snap election in France is turning out to be a blunder of Sunakian proportions.…

Meet the musicians trying to revive French-language pop

22 June 2024 9:00 am

The other day, I went to see a nouveau riot-girl band called Claire Dance play in a disused factory in…

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)…

My dreams of Jeremy Clarke

15 June 2024 9:00 am

The other week my eldest daughter and I were staying with friends in Richmond for the launch of Jeremy’s third…

How Miss La La captured Degas’s imagination

15 June 2024 9:00 am

‘Can you come Saturday morning to my studio, 19 bis rue Fontaine?’ Degas wrote to Edmond de Goncourt in 1879.…

The 28-year-old who legitimised Marine Le Pen

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally – formerly the National Front – is expected to triumph for a third time running…

Second life: Playboy, by Constance Debré, reviewed

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Having abandoned her marriage and her career as a lawyer, Debré re-emerges as a lesbian, a writer, and a seducer equal to Casanova

Who will my wife marry next?

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Since I had a brush with death a couple of years ago, I have often wondered who my far younger…

Why are French politicians obsessed with world war two?

30 May 2024 3:16 am

War talk is all the rage in France. The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza are often cited, but the war…

France has become Europe’s Wild West

27 May 2024 9:16 pm

New Caledonia must not become the ‘Wild West’ declared Emmanuel Macron last week during his flying visit to the Pacific…

Must Paris reinvent itself?

27 April 2024 9:00 am

The beautifully preserved, elitist metropolis now looks increasingly out of step with neighbouring capitals and may be forced to become more multicultural

Germanophobia is growing in France

13 April 2024 6:30 pm

There was a time earlier this century when few politicians in France would dare criticise Germany. The country was the…

Letters: the real problem with a Labour super-majority

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Good trade-off Sir: I applaud your excellent editorial (‘Trading in Falsehoods’, 6 April) – a succinct and insightful essay on…

Macron vs Putin: this summer’s Olympic battle

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Dixmont, Yonne Last summer, Emmanuel Macron lashed out at France’s constitution because it prevents him from running for a third…

Adrift on the Canadian frontier: The Voyageur, by Paul Carlucci, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Based on the 19th-century ‘voyageur’ Alexis de Martin, Carlucci’s young protagonist is befriended by kindly strangers. But what are their true motives?

What we owe to the self-taught genius Carl Linnaeus

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Bumptious, uncouth and the despair of his schoolmasters, Linnaeus died almost forgotten. Yet he established a system of taxonomy that we still use two centuries later

The plot to bring down Emmanuel Macron

9 April 2024 9:52 pm

Last week Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the Olympic aquatic centre that will host the swimming and diving events at this summer’s…

Why Thames Water is the pariah of post-privatisation capitalism

6 April 2024 9:00 am

‘It would have been ideal not to have so  much poo in the water,’ said Oxford captain Leonard Jenkins after…

How Africa fell out of love with France

9 September 2023 9:00 am

The death of Françafrique

Letters: The Lucy Letby killings shouldn’t mean we lose trust in all NHS managers

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Murder mystery Sir: I once made a diagnosis of a very rare condition too late to cure the patient. She…

The joy of French motorways

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The news that Heineken, the Dutch brewer, has sold its business in Russia to a local buyer for a token…

The ‘historic’ national dishes which turn out to be artful PR exercises

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Japan’s ramen ‘tradition’ was created in 1958 to use up surplus imported flour, while Pizza Margherita’s specious royal connection helped boost Naples’s tourist trade

Enforce the borders, stop the boats, save lives

18 August 2023 6:15 pm

Rishi Sunak has failed in his pledge to ‘Stop the Boats’, and the £480 million deal he signed with France…

Love in idleness: The Four Corners of the Heart, by Françoise Sagan, reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

In an atmosphere of languid torpor on a French family estate, an unfortunate relationship develops between a son, a father and a mother-in-law