France

Will Macron’s new sidekick help him get re-elected?

July 9, 2020 8:21 am

In Castex, the French President may have found the Obelix to his Asterix

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Can Macron’s ‘Swiss army knife’ save his presidency?

July 4, 2020 8:03 am

Macron is hoping to draw even more electoral support from his natural right-wing supporters

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In praise of French doctors

June 27, 2020 11:43 am

Thirty-five years ago, my nurse had competed against an English team who played rugby with a violence that was incredible

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Macron has 500 days to save himself

June 26, 2020 11:49 am

Should we admire his courage in the face of such grinding adversity?

didier

Is left the new right?

June 18, 2020 1:23 pm

Emile had the face of one who had stared into the abyss at exactly the moment the wind had changed

de gaulle

Macron is trying to bathe in de Gaulle’s glory. It won’t work

June 17, 2020 9:43 am

Politicians should be wary about instrumentalizing history for their own ends

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Macron is facing an economic disaster

June 10, 2020 2:07 pm

Recriminations against France’s lockdown regime are currently underway

brexit

An 11-year-old’s birthday party was hijacked by Brexit

June 4, 2020 5:50 pm

While our guests laid into Boris and Dominic Cummings, the birthday boy and I played with matches

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A ponderous parable for our times: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana

June 4, 2020 4:45 pm

The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé reviewed

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Our village has a communist bar and a fascist bar. If only I could remember which is which

May 28, 2020 3:11 pm

If there’s a televised match on somewhere in the world, the communist bar will be showing it on the big screen with the volume turned up

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Rules for a deconfinement dinner party

May 21, 2020 2:44 pm

Our place settings were as widely spaced as the surrounding Provençal geography

de gaulle

France will always have a love-hate relationship with its heroes

May 21, 2020 10:52 am

Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and History by Patrice Gueniffey reviewed

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France’s bid to tame the German giant

May 15, 2020 12:02 pm

Fear is rising of an asymmetric European economic exit from the pandemic

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My first post-lockdown party

May 14, 2020 5:41 pm

Perhaps this boozy convivial affair will shake me out of my macabre state

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Marion Maréchal and La France profonde

May 14, 2020 9:22 am

Marine Le Pen’s niece has plans for a new ‘Latin Alliance’ to protect European liberty

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League of nations: the race out of lockdown

May 13, 2020 11:59 pm

We’re taking part in a worldwide laboratory experiment

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Shrieks, shots and broken china: a visit to my rural French doctor

May 12, 2020 12:14 pm

As we all sat in the waiting room, we wondered what social enormity the doctor might commit next

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The French coronavirus approach could be working

May 11, 2020 10:05 am

There’s a greater maturity in the way that the French press have covered the crisis and that’s reflected in the behavior of the people and politicians

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It’s a mistake to compare Britain’s COVID death toll with Spain and France

May 2, 2020 1:47 pm

When the media presents coronavirus death tolls, it’s vital that you read the small print

emmanuel macron

Emmanuel Macron is experiencing the calm before the storm

May 1, 2020 8:47 am

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

italy

Why Germany is reluctant to bail out Italy

April 27, 2020 8:28 am

Coronavirus is breathing new life into old European divisions

hockney

David Hockney’s splendid isolation

April 24, 2020 1:42 pm

The painter discusses life in rural Normandy, why the iPad is better than a brush and why he’s not a communist

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Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

April 22, 2020 12:06 pm

There have now been four successive nights of rioting

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France and Britain shouldn’t bank on a V-shaped recovery

April 20, 2020 12:14 pm

The V-shape is premised on the expectation that a vertiginous demand-led recovery can be satisfied on the supply-side upstroke

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Meet the Frenchman who shaped the world’s response to coronavirus

April 20, 2020 10:57 am

Not only did Larrey’s methods save soldiers’ lives but they also boosted troop morale