Gavin Mortimer

Europe

What Blitz spirit? The Brits are showing a deep shelter mentality

Social distancing doesn’t do much for an esprit de corps

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Emmanuel Macron is experiencing the calm before the storm

Bonne chance, Monsieur le president, you have won your ‘war’ but the peace may be harder to master.

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

There have now been four successive nights of rioting

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

The snitches of Europe

Should we be surprised that the British have been as zealous as the French in denouncing each other?

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

France won’t be fooled by Macron’s radical reinvention

How long ago it feels since he strode regally into the Élysée with a vow to restore respect and dignity to the presidency

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Coronavirus marks the end of open borders in Europe

Economically Europe may move to the left, but socially, the direction will be to the right

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Liberté, égalité and fraternité are being put to the test in France

Memes have started circulating on social media, among which is one inviting people to name the day when they’ll crack

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Is France being pushed to breaking point?

The school term officially ends this Friday and psychologically this will test the resolve of the country

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Why does Britain lack the lockdown discipline of France?

Arguably no other country in the last half a century has undergone such a wholescale transformation of its national character than the British

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

My life as a French prisoner of coronavirus ‘war’

On my small fifth floor apartment I’ve devised a daily exercise routine using packs of bottled water as dumbbells and an extension cable as a skipping rope

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron’s ‘war’ on coronavirus is bringing out the best and worst in Parisians

I had intended to return to Britain at the end of last week but I’ve decided to stick it out

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

What Pepys’s plague diaries can teach us about coronavirus

The diarist was afraid to wear a new wig in case it became infected

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Paris is increasingly lawless — but the middle-classes don’t seem to care

Paris is not yet burning, but it will need a tough, honest and determined mayor to make the people feel more secure

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Can Macron halt the rise of Islamic extremism?

The French left are ready to accommodate Islamists if they think it will boost their election prospects

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Whatever happened to ‘Je suis Charlie’?

The magazine stands for the freedom to publish things others might vehemently disagree with

By Gavin Mortimer

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