France

It’s the end of lockdown – and the village has gone wild

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The village square is a long and pedestrianised oblong shaded along its length by massive pollarded plane trees. It’s known…

The growing extremism of France's Green party

29 June 2021 5:16 pm

On Sunday evening I met three left-leaning French friends for a picnic in a Parisian park. We’d hardly begun the…

Is Marine Le Pen’s presidential bid doomed?

28 June 2021 11:27 pm

Nothing went as predicted in France’s regional elections. Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National did not win a single region and…

The electoral humiliation of Macron and Le Pen

28 June 2021 4:22 pm

Five years ago, Emmanuel Macron was ‘en marche’ to his improbable ascent to the presidency of France. Last night, having…

Boris is in danger of becoming Britain's François Hollande

27 June 2021 4:53 am

Last week’s by-election result in Chesham and Amersham was a slap in the face for Boris Johnson. Fortunately it was…

French democracy is in trouble – and the EU is to blame

25 June 2021 5:41 pm

France’s airwaves have been crackling with indignation this week, as politicians wring their hands at the record abstention in the first…

France's silent majority has rejected Macron – and Le Pen

21 June 2021 8:34 pm

I popped down to the Salle du Peuple on Sunday to see how the voting was going in the departmental…

Euros 2021: England are easily the most boring side in the tournament

20 June 2021 3:32 am

England 0 Scotland 0 Hungary 1 (Fiola) France 1 (Griezmann) The wonderful Hungarians almost took my mind off England’s lamentable…

How to drink in the delights of France (without leaving the country)

19 June 2021 9:00 am

It is hard to decide which is more depressing, the extension of the lockdown or the public support for this…

Jason Ricci is my mentor, guru and anointed one

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A second week recovering in bed in this pleasant south-facing bedroom. If I sit up, my back resting against whitewashed…

How Les Bleus united France by not taking the knee

17 June 2021 8:22 pm

For those who lean to the right and live in France, Tuesday nightwas magnificent. Not only did LesBleus open their…

France is divided on 'taking the knee'

15 June 2021 11:53 pm

Until this month ‘taking a knee’ has not been a French phenomenon. When the Black Lives Matter movement spilled out of…

The art of negotiating with French nurses

12 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Ça va, Monsieur Clarke?’ said a nurse when he noticed I was stirring. It was an effort to speak. ‘Thirsty,’…

Macron is wrong. Nato must stand up to China

11 June 2021 9:24 pm

Joe Biden wants to use his visit to Europe for the G7 summit and the Nato meeting to rally democracies…

France’s Covid stoicism has put Britain to shame

9 June 2021 8:51 pm

I feel like a teenager again. Tonight I’m allowed out until 11pm. What’s more, I’m permitted to go inside my…

France, football and Marine Le Pen’s war on a French rapper

8 June 2021 11:20 pm

‘Dans ce rêve où ma semence de nègre fout en cloque cette chienne de Marine Le Pen.’ You don’t have…

The German takeover of the EU is accelerating

8 June 2021 6:51 am

Vetoes should no longer be allowed. Smaller countries should not be able to block the will of the ‘majority’. And…

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…

Will the new breed of retail investors cash in – or crash out?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Feed the ducks when they’re quacking’ sounds like advice from a foie gras farmer — but let’s leave gastronomy till…

The curse of surgical stockings

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The porter rolled me off the trolley and on to the bed, wished me a good day and departed. My…

Why Boris is loved by the French

2 June 2021 12:28 am

Boris Johnson is more popular in France than Emmanuel Macron, which might not be a high hurdle to overcome, since…

A taste inquisition on Stink Street

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Walking up through the Stink Street medieval arch with a bag of shopping, I spotted Michael between the oleander branches…

France is paying a heavy price for Macron's vaccine catastrophe

29 May 2021 12:30 am

The United States is growing at such a blistering pace the Federal Reserve may have to raise interest rates. In…

The joy of ironing

22 May 2021 9:00 am

On the Saturday morning of the Ascension Day bank holiday, I swung down the stairs and ladder to the little…

The BBC’s shameful smearing of the French police

21 May 2021 10:27 pm

I had my first jab on Wednesday, at a vaccination centre in the south of Paris, run by the fire…