France

L’anti-Trump: can Emmanuel Macron live up to his hype?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Can the whizz-kid of French politics win?

Rodin’s ‘Gates of Hell’: more than 300 figures, including a panther-like Eve

Why Auguste Rodin preferred to sculpt women who couldn’t sit still

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The girl who posed for Auguste Rodin’s figure of Eve on the ‘Gates of Hell’ was, the sculptor said, a…

Up close and personal with Marine Le Pen

18 February 2017 9:00 am

A deep frost in the winter of 1821–22 killed the orange trees in Nice. The Anglican minister to the English…

The French election is now Marine Le Pen vs a collapsing French establishment

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Whether it’s liberal reforms with Macron or nationalism with Le Pen, the French seem about to vote for radical change. That doesn’t mean they’ll get it

Who’s behind the mysterious rise of Emmanuel Macron?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Emmanuel Macron is suddenly a real contender to be the next French president

Would Britain have become half so great without George III?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Before he died aged 44 (probably of a pulmonary embolism, poor chap), Frederick, Prince of Wales, compiled a list of…

How to cure depression

28 January 2017 9:00 am

‘If life is a race, I feel that I’m not even at the starting line,’ I said to the doctor…

2017: Europe's year of rage

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Across the continent, the pro-EU establishment is in trouble

England: a populous totalitarian state on a war footing

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I drew back the curtains. Yet another absolutely still, sunny day. Early-morning mist lying in the valleys. An echoing report…

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

There’s a bad smell about Grasse

10 December 2016 9:00 am

We’re driving east, destination Grasse. Hairpin bends circling oak-clad hills. Autumn gold and scarlet. Exciting cambers. Blinding winter sunshine. The…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

How Algeria could destroy the EU

3 December 2016 9:00 am

When Algeria’s elderly, unwell president dies, the Islamists will try to seize power, and Europe will face another refugee crisis

French voters despise Trump. Marine Le Pen faces an uphill struggle

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Does François Fillon have what it takes to beat Marine Le Pen?

Reflections on boozing, whoring and self-mutilation

12 November 2016 9:00 am

I didn’t fancy the hotel breakfast, so I wandered into Arles old town looking for a café. The weather and…

Albert Dieudonné as Napoleon in Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half-hour epic

How I rescued one of the greatest — and longest — films ever made

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Kevin Brownlow on one of the greatest – and longest – silent films ever made

The men who made us fat

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Look at them, they’re all fat,’ he said. I’d slowed the car to allow four children to cross the zebra…

Marine Le Pen won’t be president this time. She’s still winning

29 October 2016 9:00 am

The Front National leader will struggle to win the presidency this time, but she’s running rings around France’s mainstream right

Maps are as much about art – and lies – as science

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Maps reveal the psychology of their creators as much as they describe topography, says Stephen Bayley

Vote Leave won the referendum, but it’s losing the government

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Vote Leave was the most successful electoral campaign in British history. Against the opposition of all three political parties, it…

Extra sparkle: the best stuff is saved for the Brits

The French say their best champagne goes to us Brits. It may even be true

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The British are notoriously cheap when it comes to wine; the average bottle price is around £6. On one wine,…

A man with dementia is a man in tune with the times

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In 1999 I went to the doctor about the impotence. Don’t worry, he said. I have good news for you.…

Through the Sahara to the Jungle: a migrant’s tale

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Why would a migrant cross the Sahara, Libya, the Med and most of Europe in a quest to reach Britain? I asked one

Hectically busy: Beckett in 1976

Samuel Beckett’s letters reveal a fiercely private workoholic

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Krapping away here to no little avail,’ writes Beckett to the actor Patrick Magee in September 1969. To ‘no little…

My estate agent is using sex to sell my flat

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What is happening to estate agents? Or let me put it another way. If the professional classes thought they were…