John Keiger

Is Macron following in the footsteps of de Gaulle?

15 November 2020 2:10 am

It can’t be much fun being a national leader these days. Be it the US, the UK, all are assailed…

Emmanuel Macron’s Trumpian transformation

7 November 2020 6:47 am

This new world disorder is distorting our vision, so please excuse an apparently fatuous question. Is Emmanuel Macron turning into…

How Macron reacts to the Nice attack will be critical

29 October 2020 11:47 pm

The suspected terrorist attack in Nice’s Notre Dame Basilica this morning appears to be the third such incident in France in…

Why is Macron so determined to infuriate the rest of the world?

27 October 2020 8:03 pm

In the course of his three-and-a-half year presidency, Emmanuel Macron must have the record for the most number of international…

The EU is adrift and in search of an anchor

1 October 2020 12:25 am

The EU has never been a serious global foreign policy player. Without a European army or a meaningful defence pact,…

How the EU is breaking its own Lisbon Treaty

17 September 2020 7:43 pm

That the European Union takes to the moral high ground on international law when it suits it is hardly new.…

Macron's Brexit swansong is about to unfold

9 September 2020 4:00 pm

At a solemn ceremony at the Panthéon to mark the 150th anniversary of the (re-)birth of the Republic, president Macron…

Macron's battle against the forces of French anarchy

5 September 2020 8:21 pm

This week France announced a €100 billion (£89 billion) stimulus package equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP over two years.…

The French are baffled by the BBC's Rule Britannia censorship

27 August 2020 3:45 pm

From 1940 to 1944, the Vichy regime set aside France’s 150-year-old rousing national anthem La Marseillaise for Maréchal nous voilà,…

Why are so many dictators former doctors?

13 August 2020 10:44 pm

Are we increasingly living under a ‘doctatorship’? The influence of the medical profession over our everyday lives – from personal…

What's up with Macron's Lawrence of Arabia stunt?

8 August 2020 12:40 am

President Macron neither lacks chutzpah nor a lust for drama. His walkabout yesterday amid the devastation of Lebanon’s Beirut, following…

Covid-19 and the twilight of Britain and France

3 August 2020 6:17 pm

Is Covid accelerating the eclipse of France and the UK as ‘great powers’? For over two centuries Paris and London…

Has France been naive in its handling of Huawei?

25 July 2020 6:00 pm

The controversy over the UK’s use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network has not abated, despite the government’s announcement…

Macron’s Faustian pact with the EU

17 July 2020 6:39 pm

On Wednesday, the new French Prime Minister Jean Castex made his general policy statement to the National Assembly. We know…

Meet Macron's politically incorrect justice minister

8 July 2020 5:56 pm

Picture the greatest French criminal barrister of his generation with the physique and cantankerousness of Rumpole-of-the-Bailey and the media-strutting ‘blokishness’…

Macron has just dropped a clanger

4 July 2020 4:29 am

His name is unknown, but resonates like that of a character from Astérix the Gaul. Jean Castex is France’s new…

Macron has 500 days to save himself

26 June 2020 6:15 pm

The clock is ticking for Emmanuel Macron. He has under two years of his presidential mandate to carry out his…

Macron is trying to bathe in de Gaulle’s glory. It won't work

17 June 2020 6:53 pm

Emmanuel Macron never misses an historical opportunity to emblazon his banner. One is reminded of the nineteenth century diplomat Talleyrand…

Some 80 per cent of Poles say they want to stay in the European Union

The European Union may never have its ‘Hamilton moment’

13 June 2020 4:45 pm

The European Union has always been quintessentially risk averse. What a surprise therefore to see it jeopardising its very existence…

Macron is facing an economic disaster

10 June 2020 11:35 pm

Last week theNew York Times praised President Macron’s management of Covid-19 and asked why the French were not impressed. None…

Inside the final act of the Brexit drama

3 June 2020 7:51 pm

The fourth round of official Brexit negotiations resumed on Tuesday, screen-to-screen. They will determine whether the stalemate can be broken…

A no-deal Brexit is now all but inevitable

30 May 2020 4:30 pm

Coronavirus is obscuring much about the future of the EU – and Britain’s relationship with it. Not everyone is joining…

France’s bid to tame the German giant

15 May 2020 11:12 pm

Why does president Macron want European debt mutualisation? Why has France become the spokesman for the ‘southern states’ on a…

Covid statistics are just politics by other means

5 May 2020 9:57 pm

Statistics is the continuation of politics by other means, to misquote Clausewitz. One hundred and fifty years after the crushing…

Meet the Frenchman who has shaped the world's response to coronavirus

19 April 2020 4:06 pm

Projecting the fight against Covid as a war on a virus – like the war on terror – tells us…