France

Is President Macron’s re-election as safe as it looks?

16 February 2022 12:10 am

In February 1995, Jacques Chirac was at 12 per cent in the polls. Two months later he was president. Two…

Shadows of Macron: could Valérie Pécresse become France’s first female president?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Could Valérie Pécresse become France’s first female president?

The healing power of medieval austerity

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Eighty yards west of the high terrace where I’ve sat for three weeks recuperating is a hospice built for Napoleon’s…

How democratic are the French elections?

11 February 2022 4:17 am

There are just 59 days to go until voters turn out for the first round of the French presidential election…

Can Macron really lecture Putin about democracy?

9 February 2022 10:09 pm

A penny for the thoughts of Vladimir Putin on Monday as he stared at Emmanuel Macron from the end of…

Le Pen, Zemmour and the two French far rights

8 February 2022 3:37 am

Just about two months ahead of the French elections, a first poll for Le Parisién suggests that Marine Le Pen…

Eric Zemmour isn’t to blame for France’s anti-Semitism crisis

29 January 2022 6:00 pm

Emmanuel Macron sees anti-Semitism everywhere except where it really lurks. Earlier this month his government accused protesters opposed to the…

It’s my ninth – and final – chemotherapy session

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Sorry I’m late,’ I said to the big unit stationed behind her computer. She’s the chief, this one. She shows…

Macron's vaccine culture war

26 January 2022 9:10 pm

When French prime minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran held a press conference last week, they outlined the timetable…

The fate of the French Socialists is a warning for Boris Johnson

21 January 2022 7:11 pm

The defection of Christian Wakeford to Labour has put a spring in the step of the left-wing party. Apparently it…

Has Macron shot France's energy industry in the foot?

21 January 2022 4:15 am

Gas prices are soaring. Europe could be about to witness electricity shortages. Power companies are collapsing by the day, and,…

Portrait of the week: No. 10’s garden party, Djokovic’s visa row and France’s vaccine protests

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson admitted to attending evening drinks for about 40 staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street on…

Will Marion Maréchal-Le Pen join Éric Zemmour’s campaign?

11 January 2022 7:10 pm

Is Marion Maréchal, granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen and niece of Marine, about to emerge from political retirement to support…

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 misery of Macron’s Covid clampdown

24 December 2021 10:16 pm

My daughter’s Christmas won’t quite be the same this year. She and I are in England but her French mother…

Macron’s British travel ban is entirely political

17 December 2021 1:57 am

Emmanuel Macron subjected France to a two-hour primetime television interview on Wednesday evening which must have been a pre-Christmas treat…

Will Valérie Pécresse vanquish Macron?

15 December 2021 2:07 am

It seems like just minutes ago that Michel Barnier, former Brexit negotiator, centre-right Républicain exiled to Brussels two decades ago,…

Why a love child might help ‘Papa Zemmour’

28 November 2021 4:36 am

It’s not often you find Eric Zemmour plastered across the front of Closer magazine. Brigitte Macron, Beyonce and Lady Gaga…

The joy of French hospital food

27 November 2021 9:00 am

After checking me in, the receptionist, who was wearing an overcoat, said: ‘There is no heating in the hotel. The…

Europe gripped by a fifth wave

23 November 2021 9:03 am

How quickly things change. Just a month ago many EU countries were being praised for keeping some Covid restrictions in…

The fifth Covid wave could break Macron

23 November 2021 6:40 am

The fifth Covid wave has started in Europe. Some governments are already imposing lockdowns and wage cuts for the unvaccinated…

My moment of madness in the opticians

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Foolishly I chose new specs in the village optician’s after a long lunch: a rather outré design that I might…

Why has London's Royal Institution cancelled Eric Zemmour?

18 November 2021 8:23 am

On Friday night, the insurgent but still undeclared French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour was to address 600 of his supporters,…

France is using migrants just like Belarus

13 November 2021 10:05 pm

It was hard not to laugh, coldly, at the statement from western members of the UN Security Council that condemned…

A troubling tide of anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and France

13 November 2021 10:28 am

A day after the Israeli ambassador to Britain, Tzipi Hotovely, was harassed as she left the London School of Economics,…