France

A world crisis with no world leader

9 August 2014 9:00 am

No one wants to pay the price of speaking for the free world

How Napoleon won at Waterloo

5 July 2014 9:00 am

If you visit Waterloo today, there’s no question which general comes out on top

The cold, remote plateau of Vichy France where good was done

28 June 2014 9:00 am

It is with a heavy heart that I pick up anything to do with the Holocaust. Not because it’s wearisome…

Spectator letters: The trouble with religion, alternatives to HS2, and whisky-drinking dogs

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Old cabby’s tale Stephen Rommei’s London cabby story (Diary, 7 June) reminded me of catching a cab one cold night…

France's political system is crumbling. What's coming next looks scary

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The desperate state of its politics seems to signal the end of the Republic

Appalling retributions and atrocities marked the end of the Free Republic of the Vercors. A French Resistance fighter is hanged in 1944

Reliving the most famous last stand of the French Resistance

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Published to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Vercors, perhaps the most famous stand of the French Resistance…

How France’s left-wing government learned to love austerity

10 May 2014 9:00 am

How France learned to love cuts

Why I won’t let my children learn French

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why I won’t let my children be taught French

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action

Any other business: How François Hollande let France miss the global recovery train

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve always respected stationmasters, but that sentiment is not universally shared. A distinguished friend of mine across the Channel described…

How James Goldsmith's wisdom on mistresses could revolutionise mobile phones

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I wouldn’t worry much about the future of the British economy. Because I have a simple plan to make the…

The men who invented Napoleon

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Writing about Napoleon is a risky business. It exposes the author to the brickbats of the blind worshippers for whom…

Going off-piste in Val D'Isere

12 October 2013 9:00 am

First things first. Yes, Val d’Isère does have a reputation for being expensive — and it is, especially if you’re…

The World According to Karl, edited by Jean-Christophe Napias - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Every fashion era has its monster and in ours it’s Karl Lagerfeld, a man who has so emptied himself on…

A windfall tax on monster basements could solve London’s housing problem

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The mega-rich are best housed behind high fences, on wooded estates patrolled by dogs; that way, they don’t have to…

Jeremy Clarke: The day I walked into a postcard

31 August 2013 9:00 am

This time last year the postman delivered a picture postcard depicting a village square in Provence. The photograph on the…

Jeremy Clarke’s joy at a two-speed oscilating fan in la chaleur TGV

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Hotel Trepaner, St Raphael, French Riviera: I have read all ten reviews on this site. The overall rating (given by…

Whisper it, but the big banks are finally getting their houses in order

10 August 2013 9:00 am

By and large it was a good week for the big banks — underpinned by encouraging news from the wider…

Unassuming: Port-en-Bessin today

Notes on…Normandy

20 July 2013 9:00 am

There are some, I know, who for whom Normandy means the three Cs — cider, cream and calvados. But if,…

Watch out France: Nicolas Sarkozy is back, and he wants revenge

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The defeated president is ready to retake his party – and wreak his revenge on François Hollande

Fête de la Musique: Couldn’t we just get over ourselves, risk a bit of foreign and join

6 July 2013 9:00 am

One of the many cultural initiatives to have come out of France in the past 50 years — and therefore…