France

Fishing for votes: what’s really behind our trade war with France?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Who has the most to lose from our trade war with France?

Why I didn’t get a hug at COP26

6 November 2021 9:00 am

COP26 is not your typical power summit, because world leaders, NGOs and hacks are all in the same scrum. Outside…

Portrait of the week: Fishing friction, Greta’s singalong and terror in Tokyo

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told delegates to the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework…

Is Eric Zemmour running or not?

5 November 2021 6:10 pm

Eric Zemmour, the right-wing journalist and self-declared populist, is at a crossroads. Will he or won’t he declare himself a…

Did Macron win the Brexit fish war?

3 November 2021 7:25 pm

Who is winning the fish war? Will gentlemen in England still a-bed think themselves accursed they were not there? This…

France must protect Eric Zemmour’s life

3 November 2021 6:28 pm

There are several similarities between Eric Zemmour and the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, and one distinct difference. The Dutchman was…

Macron is following in the failed footsteps of the wrong Napoleon

2 November 2021 8:21 am

Is Emmanuel Macron turning into Emperor Napoleon III? Not the great Napoleon who conquered Europe and was eventually defeated by…

Is Britain heading for a full-blown fish war with France?

2 November 2021 12:10 am

As the COP26 summit gets underway, a diplomatic Brexit row is escalating on the sidelines of the conference over fish.…

France is too Catholic to forgive Britain for Brexit

27 October 2021 5:00 pm

Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson famously said that the National Health Service is the nearest thing we British have to a…

Macron’s pointless fish war

26 October 2021 8:59 am

During the now virtually forgotten cod wars between Iceland and the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1976, the diminutive foreign…

Zemmour's xenophobia

25 October 2021 11:45 pm

The received opinion is that Islam and immigration are Éric Zemmour’s prime targets as his putative presidential campaign gathers pace. But…

My night in Béziers with Zemmour

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Zemmour’s star power is undeniable

Plan Z: the rise of Éric Zemmour

23 October 2021 9:00 am

France’s new insurgent, Éric Zemmour

The idiotic myth of the ‘lone wolf’ attack

19 October 2021 7:44 am

In the summer of 2020 the French Senate published a report on the ‘Development of Islamist Radicalisation and the means…

Macron may well win. But Macronism is dead

14 October 2021 3:19 pm

President Emmanuel Macron was in an expansive mood this week as he commandeered the splendid beaux arts Grand Palais in…

France's political elite created Eric Zemmour

9 October 2021 10:04 am

Love him or loathe him, Eric Zemmour is a breath of fresh air in French politics. Before he appeared as…

The downfall of the French middle class

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The chesty Corsican taxi driver was giving me his earnest appraisal of the way things were headed in France politically.…

Power fail: French tantrum diplomacy is wearing thin

6 October 2021 8:01 am

It’s hard for tabloid journalists to engage in mad hyperbole when politicians seem all too willing to do it for…

Macron's selective defence of free speech

5 October 2021 5:12 am

In the early years of his presidency, Emmanuel Macron became known as Monsieur ‘En Meme Temps’. The president of France…

Eric Zemmour is eating Marine Le Pen alive

29 September 2021 8:59 am

French opinion polls are best taken with a generous bucket of sel de Guérande but this evening’s drop of a…

Von der Leyen is the real winner of the German elections

29 September 2021 5:00 am

The bald guy who leads the Social Democrats. The earnest looking Green lady. Or perhaps the guy in the charcoal-grey…

Emmanuel Macron and the art of tantrum diplomacy

26 September 2021 9:47 am

France’s fit of pique following Australia’s cancelled submarine contract – and the signing of the Aukus pact – is a…

The Bataclan trial is forcing France to confront some difficult questions

25 September 2021 10:17 am

It’s a stroke of good fortune for France that Salah Abdeslam is a coward. Had he not been he would…

The case against Aukus

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The case against Aukus

The beauty of the Normandy memorial

25 September 2021 9:00 am

As the cross-Channel ferry noses into Ouistreham, I have a perfect view westward along the D-Day beaches. The excitement of…