France

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Macron talks grandly about Europe — and then cuts a deal with Germany

April 18, 2020 11:36 am

Over the last four years there has not been a single significant reform of the EU

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The snitches of Europe

April 17, 2020 11:52 am

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

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Bernard-Henri Lévy: I fear China will use coronavirus to become ‘Power Number One’

April 16, 2020 10:43 am

‘As if the virus had an intention, as if it was helping to create a new society’

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

April 15, 2020 12:24 pm

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

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Macron has lost the coronavirus war

April 14, 2020 9:36 am

If he lifts the confinement, he risks a second, lethal wave of infection. If he doesn’t, the economy will collapse entirely

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Didier Raoult — leader of the hydroxychloroquine cult

April 12, 2020 3:44 pm

He could be right. Even if he isn’t, people will believe him

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A hard Frexit needn’t be a disaster for France

April 10, 2020 9:41 am

What would be the consequence of France quitting the euro quickly?

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I was relishing the lockdown a week ago, but now I need urgent hospital treatment

April 9, 2020 4:26 pm

I need to have a stent removed from my urethra — and pronto

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The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

April 9, 2020 4:04 pm

Featuring the most endearing grandmother in film history, Sylvain Chomet’s pungently original and powerfully charming animation should have won an Oscar

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Coronavirus marks the end of open borders in Europe

April 6, 2020 11:05 am

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

frexit

Could coronavirus lead to Frexit?

April 5, 2020 11:11 am

The Frexit debate, like a sea serpent, surfaces and submerges

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How to sample your own urine

April 3, 2020 3:48 pm

Michael took an imaginary draft and did that thoughtful, rabbity connoisseur’s tasting thing with his mouth

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

April 3, 2020 12:32 pm

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

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Macron’s updated coronavirus statistics will test French morale

March 31, 2020 11:57 am

Napoleon thought that ‘in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four’

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Is France being pushed to breaking point?

March 30, 2020 11:58 am

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

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Can we trust France’s coronavirus casualty count?

March 29, 2020 3:08 pm

Not all states are carrying out the same number of tests per million people

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‘Germany will pay!’ is Macron’s coronavirus mantra

March 27, 2020 12:40 pm

Without the weight and prestige of the northern states corona bonds will not go ahead

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For Jews in Occupied France, survival was a matter of luck

March 26, 2020 6:50 pm

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a 20th-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman reviewed

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Why does Britain lack the lockdown discipline of France?

March 25, 2020 1:01 pm

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

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France’s downward spiral of coronavirus repression

March 24, 2020 11:15 am

French ‘confinement’ is now approaching house arrest for its 67 million citizens

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My life as a French prisoner of coronavirus ‘war’

March 23, 2020 12:14 pm

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

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My love affair with Hannah Arendt

March 19, 2020 5:15 pm

Stoned out of our minds on a few puffs, we watched in awed silence, hanging on her every word, every clause, every sentence

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Coronavirus is pushing Macron’s government to breaking point

March 19, 2020 11:44 am

Will the French way of life ever recover?

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

March 17, 2020 4:49 pm

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

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

March 3, 2020 12:23 pm

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