Will Macron start an EU Covid chain reaction?

17 December 2020 9:43 pm

The Elysée palace has just confirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, after developing symptoms this…

Emmanuel Macron’s great Brexit gamble

15 December 2020 1:13 am

There is an intriguing pattern in our relationship with European integration. A Frenchman vetoed our attempt to join. A Frenchman…

Tiphaine Auzière and the panic inside the Élysée

14 October 2020 6:00 pm

Will the presidency of Emmanuel Macron open the door to a political dynasty in France? He has no children, so…

Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

22 April 2020 6:24 pm

One of the persistent misconceptions of the riots that swept through France in the autumn of 2005 is that they…

Could coronavirus lead to Frexit?

4 April 2020 7:01 pm

Is France flirting with the idea of Frexit again? Coronavirus is currently provoking a chorus of ‘reprendre le contrôle’ (take…

Is France being pushed to breaking point?

30 March 2020 8:46 pm

As France prepares to enter its third week of confinement the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, has warned that ‘the fight…

France’s downward spiral of coronavirus repression

24 March 2020 11:48 pm

In France there is a palpable sense of administrative and political panic in how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.…

Can Macron halt the rise of Islamic extremism?

25 February 2020 1:51 am

Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his plan to combat the rise of Islamic extremism in France. Stressing that his fight was…

The French city zones where police rarely escape unscathed

12 September 2019 7:11 pm

In December 2015, Donald Trump claimed parts of the French capital were no-go zones for the police. ‘Paris is no…

Notre Dame from above (image: Lana Sator) and, right, Michel Virlogeux and Norman Foster's Millau Viaduct (image: Bernard Jaubert / Imagebroker / Rex / Shutterstock)

Notre Dame is an architectural nullity

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Notre Dame is only important from a Shakespeare’s-birthplace point of view. Architecturally it is a nullity beside the cathedrals of…

Low life

29 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We are always waiting for somebody,’ observed a vexed British journalist. Usually it was me they were waiting for, but…

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