France

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,…

The remarkable rise of French sovereignism

12 November 2021 11:35 pm

The French presidential campaign reveals French voters’ widespread urge to roll back EU powers. The top five candidates for the…

It's time for Boris to turn back the Channel migrant boats

12 November 2021 9:23 pm

There is a sentence in the latest BBC report on English Channel migrant crossings that is just exquisite. Thursday saw…

The real ‘scallop’ war: how do you pronounce it?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

‘You say scallops and I say scallops,’ sang my husband in his best Ginger Rogers accents. Since we both pronounce…

Is it worth gambling on supermarket wine bargains?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Rich men often look out for bargains. I suppose that is why they are rich. But there can be problems.…