Macron

Paris's glittering new museums

2 July 2022 9:00 am

The refurbishment of Paris’s galleries and museums continues apace, with money no object, finds Rupert Christiansen

Macron vs the deep state

2 June 2022 11:47 pm

French diplomats are on strike today. But will anyone notice? Not to be immodest, I am especially well qualified to…

Crypto is dead

9 May 2022 9:06 pm

When Britain voted for Brexit, Macron boasted that Paris would eat the City of London’s lunch. It didn’t quite work…

Apres Macron, the radical left?

25 April 2022 6:29 am

Bof! That useful French word – an older and slightly less irritating version of the American-English ‘meh’ – is how…

Even if he wins Macron could be facing disaster

13 April 2022 4:00 pm

Unaccustomed as political scientists are to florid language, they have nevertheless come up with the ‘theory of the dyke’, to…

Macron has taken this election for granted

7 April 2022 5:11 pm

Things are going from bad to worse for Emmanuel Macron, and for the first time political commentators in France are…

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…

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,…

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 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.…

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…

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…

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 real reason France was excluded from Aukus

19 September 2021 6:30 am

The fallout from Australia’s cancellation of its submarine contract with France and the new trilateral Indo-Pacific security pact between Australia,…

France's provocateur is coming to London

3 September 2021 7:34 am

Five years ago, London’s affluent French poured their dosh into the campaign of Emmanuel Macron. This time around, supporters of…

Macron's vaccine passport is uniting French anti-fascists and nationalists

2 August 2021 5:52 pm

Saturday was what is known in France as the Chassé-croisé, the busiest day of the year on the roads, when…

No vax, no vote? Macron's vaccine passport plan sparks fury

24 July 2021 5:52 am

Will it be necessary to produce a passe sanitaire (vaccination passport) to be allowed to vote in France? With 221…

How Macron was outfoxed by a dead Napoleonic general

14 July 2021 9:16 pm

Skeletons don’t always lurk in cupboards, some of them hide under dance floors waiting for a particularly rousing party to…

Macron's Covid crackdown is a risky bet

13 July 2021 5:28 pm

Will the French accept compulsory vaccination against Covid? Health passports to get on a plane or train? Children of 12…

France's silent majority has rejected Macron – and Le Pen

21 June 2021 8:34 pm

I popped down to the Salle du Peuple on Sunday to see how the voting was going in the departmental…

France’s Covid stoicism has put Britain to shame

9 June 2021 8:51 pm

I feel like a teenager again. Tonight I’m allowed out until 11pm. What’s more, I’m permitted to go inside my…

Why is Macron feigning outrage at the Danish spying scandal?

5 June 2021 4:00 pm

The feigned outrage in Berlin – but mostly in Paris – at the USA’s proxy use of Denmark’s intelligence services…