France

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A thoroughly modern medieval romance

September 12, 2019 11:19 am

To Calais, in Ordinary Time by James Meek reviewed

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The mysterious ways of the French

September 5, 2019 10:50 am

Everything in this country is as strange to me today as it was five years ago

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Emmanuel Macron’s climate change virtue signaling

August 25, 2019 3:15 pm

The French president is addicted to the ecstasy of gratuitous self-righteousness

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Trump’s yin and yang game with China

August 24, 2019 6:12 am

When Trump calls Xi his friend, markets should really be spooked

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Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit savior

August 20, 2019 12:54 pm

Macron could be shown to be acting in Europe’s long term interests by putting an abrupt end to the EU’s Brexit distraction

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Why are fewer Frenchwomen sunbathing topless?

August 20, 2019 9:31 am

The French have never been more sexually liberated than the British, Dutch, Italians or any other European nation

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On D-Day, Macron has learned nothing and forgotten everything

June 6, 2019 3:38 pm

He embodies the corruption of liberal democracy into elite managerialism

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Could Marion Maréchal-Le Pen stop Macron winning a second term?

June 6, 2019 5:49 am

Maréchal’s decision is whether to challenge Macron in 2022, or wait another five years

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The rise and fall of Emmanuel Macron

May 27, 2019 1:36 pm

Only in the French media is it unnoticed that on every front, Macron has failed

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The European election results are a humiliation for Macron

May 26, 2019 2:48 pm

The French president is humiliated, although his tame media will try to spin it as a victory

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France’s far-left are looking to Marine Le Pen as their savior

May 17, 2019 11:51 am

For the resurgent National Rally leader, revenge is on the menu

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Will the Mistral drive me to murder?

May 9, 2019 2:19 pm

I was the first Leaver my neighbors had met and I was treated like a former Kray or a Moonie

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Meet Santino: the world’s worst tour guide

May 2, 2019 11:37 am

The sculptured eroticism of Henry II’s mistress’s bedroom brought to mind an orgy at its peak – not that he noticed

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Notre-Dame is an architectural nullity

April 25, 2019 4:16 pm

Let Lord Foster – the man behind the greatest gothic structure of the past century – restore the roof

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A moral dilemma on my freebie vacation

April 18, 2019 9:55 am

What should I tell people when they ask me my ‘profession’?

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Notre-Dame is a sign of the times

April 16, 2019 12:56 pm

When it reopens, Notre Dame will be even more a museum, even less a shrine

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The shame of Notre-Dame

April 16, 2019 10:02 am

Perhaps the blaze in Paris was the wake-up call that France needed

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Emmanuel Macron has united his country – against him

April 11, 2019 4:58 pm

If you thought British politics was bad, spare a thought for France

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How Brexit could lead to Frexit

April 8, 2019 2:14 pm

France arguably has a stronger history of Euroskepticism than the UK

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Am I about to be usurped by Philippe, our handsome French gardener?

April 4, 2019 1:01 pm

All the women – Catriona included – seem to have fallen under his spell

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Emmanuel Macron has saved himself from political crisis – for now

March 17, 2019 11:37 am

The gilets jaunes have lost much of their momentum

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Europe’s culture clash: Macron vs Salvini is a battle over a continent’s soul

February 14, 2019 10:26 am

France is the EU’s leading defender of Brussels – but Italy sees things very differently

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The yellow vests are at the vanguard of a politically incorrect uprising

January 14, 2019 10:38 am

For many in France the media and political class are indistinguishable