Jonathan Miller

The madness of France’s burkini bust-up

19 May 2022 6:35 pm

To burkini, or not to burkini? This is the question that divides France in the run-up to the first round…

France's new prime minister will never overshadow Macron

17 May 2022 5:07 am

Meet Élisabeth Borne, the new prime minister of France. Borne has hardly worked a day in the private sector. She…

The French right is hopelessly divided

15 May 2022 6:00 pm

Here we go again. Exhausted by a presidential campaign that ultimately produced the same choice as in 2017 (and the…

How Duterte Harry’s legacy of terror lives on in the Philippines

8 May 2022 5:00 pm

Something momentous is building in the Philippines. Thirty-six years after the kleptocratic despot, Ferdinand Marcos, fled into exile with his…

Can anyone stop Emmanuel Macron?

5 May 2022 3:10 am

If they weren’t insufficiently weary of politicians, the French will be invited to vote all over again for the Assemblée…

The French have voted for the lesser of two evils

25 April 2022 4:30 am

Few scenes of jubilation as Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President. French voters held their noses and voted without evident enthusiasm…

Is this the end of Marine Le Pen?

24 April 2022 4:00 pm

Today’s election in France is likely to be a joyless, miserable affair for the electors who will dutifully turn out.…

Narcissist vs fantasist: France’s gruesome choice

23 April 2022 9:00 am

France faces a gruesome choice

Macron vs Le Pen debate: le verdict

21 April 2022 8:30 am

Who won Wednesday night’s debate between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen depends on who is doing the scoring. In…

French election: Macron has been weakened

11 April 2022 5:40 am

The polls have closed in France and projections show President Macron on 28.5 per cent with the rightist Marine Le Pen…

The mysteries and rituals of French democracy

10 April 2022 4:00 pm

Montpellier I have never voted in an election for president of France, not being French. But as a councillor in…

Why Macron's poll lead is dwindling

3 April 2022 12:26 am

With eight days to go before the first round of voting in the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron has just…

'McKinseygate' won't bring down Macron

31 March 2022 11:42 pm

We are in the final stretch before the first round of voting in the French presidential election on 10 April…

The Macron Paradox

18 March 2022 4:30 am

With just 24 days to go before the first round of French presidential voting, the political landscape has become borderline surreal,…

Macron appears unassailable

4 March 2022 12:00 am

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France for whom few voters have expressed much affection, is suddenly the leader of a…

Macron’s posturing as a global statesman will get him re-elected

26 February 2022 2:04 am

It is bordering on tasteless amidst the horror of war in Europe to question the political impact of the conflict…

Macron’s diplomatic failure in Russia was still a political success

23 February 2022 4:07 am

President Emmanuel Macron may or may not have imagined that his mission to Moscow would head off armed conflict in…

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…

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…

France's election has become a race for second place

27 January 2022 1:18 am

This year’s French election campaign is a strangely muted affair. The incumbent, president Emmanuel Macron, has still neglected to declare…

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…

The EU’s new emperor

8 January 2022 9:00 am

What would Macron’s second term look like?

Macron’s potty-mouthed outburst is deliberate – and calculated

5 January 2022 11:04 pm

President Emmanuel Macron’s declaration that he intends to ‘emmerder’ – which loosely translates, excuse my English, as ‘piss off’ –…

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,…

Cutting ties: the sad decline of men’s neckwear

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The sad decline of men’s neckwear