France

Hurricane Harvey is bigger news than the bankers at Jackson Hole

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Houston last November I spent an evening at the city’s industrial-scale food bank, where I heard a presentation on…

At feeding time, Jacqueline Yallop’s pigs splash their noses through the grain, ‘bringing them up white and floury, like old-fashioned Sherbet Dabs’

Swine fever

26 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Rightly is they called pigs,’ says a farmworker in Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow as he watches porkers grunt and squelch.…

The truth about Brexit? One professor’s guess is no better than another’s

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Removing all trade and tariff barriers as part of a hard Brexit would generate ‘a £135 billion annual boost to…

Low life

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Five and the Red One are a German covers band. It’s probably the most uninspiring name for a rock band…

Is Macron’s vanity presidency already falling apart?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The French president’s embarrassing attempts to reinvent himself as the new Tony Blair are not working

Low life

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The hen party was seated at an outside restaurant table under the plane trees when I arrived. They sat with…

Diary

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A trip to the supermarché at the beginning of our French month yielded many of the necessary things one also…

The land of lost content – best seen on horseback

Cathar country

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I once spent three months living in the Languedoc, writing my first novel. The highlight was the few days I…

France’s new right

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The result in France in the first round of the Les Républicains party’s primary elections marks the political death of…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…

Hollande equals Thatcher? If only

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever tried discussing the merits of gun control with a Texan, or of deregulated labour markets with a…

Three hours of vomit, fellatio and menstruation: Isabelle Huppert on Phaedra(s)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Isabelle Huppert does nothing by halves. And she doesn’t, I think, care greatly for journalists. She expects them to ask…

Zopiclone: drug of choice for monkeys and the French

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Hours before boarding the cross-Channel car ferry, I received a text message from the company warning of severe fuel shortages…

François Hollande has found a shameful saviour

28 May 2016 9:00 am

 Paris Sitting on a crowded café terrace in Rue Saint-Antoine on a sunny evening last week, there was no sense…

The French gym where kissing before a workout is mandatory

21 May 2016 9:00 am

A fresh start in a new gym in a foreign country. The serious young gym attendant didn’t speak a word…

Satirical diptych, 1520–1530, anonymous Flemish artist

This Parisian exhibition has rewritten the story of art

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Why do we put one work of art beside another? For the most part museums and galleries tend to stick…

The members of White’s fall into two categories: shits and bores

14 May 2016 9:00 am

On Sunday we were invited for lunch at Chez Bruno, an unbelievably posh restaurant in the south of France. At…

French labour laws should come with a health warning

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The tourist information office of the small French country town looked closed. Peering between the posters on the window glass,…

The French frigate Surveillante blows up the British frigate Quebec in a minor but famously furious engagement on 6 October 1779

The waves that wrecked Britannia

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Military history is more popular than respected. It is not hard to see why. It is masculine history, a trifecta…

Why gender fluidity will never take off in France

16 April 2016 9:00 am

On Monday morning I was in a blind panic. The deadline for posted manuscript entries to the Daily Mail First…

The kindest man in the Bordeaux wine business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…

Walking, and praying, in the hills of Provence

2 April 2016 9:00 am

While I was in Provence, my hostess and I went out one day for a walk in the hills. We…

Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

This is perhaps not the best moment in history to extol migrants from the developing world or Eastern Europe, but…

Brexit is none of Mark Carney's business

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Surely there is a difference between Mark Carney’s intervention in the Scottish referendum last year and in the EU one…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel – from pickled cockles to the height of luxury

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…