France

The key to the Macron miracle

17 June 2017 9:00 am

France’s supercharged president is shaping up to be a new de Gaulle

Every time I touch a car, I break it

17 June 2017 9:00 am

French supermarket cashiers won’t be hurried. Nor will their customers, many of whom seem caught out by a bill at…

The best way to celebrate the past? Uncork it

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I have been thinking about the Dark Ages. This has nothing to do with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. A…

French blue chips and property could be hot bets... if Macron delivers

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says French blue chips and property could be hot bets – but only if the new president turns his election promises into action

In praise of Prozac

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Chez Frank is a popular local boar-hunters’ bar, tobacconist and general store at a lonely crossroads in the forest. It…

Anna Wintour’s freak show diminishes a great institution

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Much like the poor, the charity ball has always been with us, but lately it’s turned into a freak. Something…

Is Marine Le Pen really far-right?

6 May 2017 9:00 am

By smearing all its opponents as fascists, the left blurs the line between democracy and racism

Let’s just admit it: the French are simply better than us

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Let’s admit it: the French do so many things better than us

A must for Auster devotees; a mustn’t for the rest: Mark Edel-Hunt as Daniel Quinn and Jack Tarlton as Stillman in ‘City of Glass’

The ultimate gap-year video diary: Paul Mason's Divine Chaos of Starry Things reviewed

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Left-wing groupie Paul Mason has written a costume drama about the suppression of the Paris commune in 1871. We meet…

What a Marine Le Pen rally taught me about the outcome of the election

6 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Emmanuel Macron est le plus grand con du monde,’ said the elderly gent taking the vacant seat on my right…

What’s the matter with Europe’s new emperor?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

France’s young pretender is marching towards disaster

Who is France’s new golden boy?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Just who is this shiny golden boy?

Who will win the French election – and does it even matter?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The rivals for the French presidency offer crooked competence at best, economic meltdown at worst

Left: ‘Étude pour la tête d’Hamadryade’, 1895-1908; right: ‘La Valse’, 1889-1895

The sexual ecstasy of Camille Claudel – and why it proved too much for the establishment

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Camille Claudel’s extravagant talent proved too provocative for the male art establishment of her day, says Laura Gascoigne

I fit the left’s conception of a populist like a bespoke glove

25 March 2017 9:00 am

My joints were aching suddenly and unaccountably — fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, toes — so I cried off the dinner…

The charms of old Paris – and the naughtiest girl of the 20th century

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

Basic instinct: Paul Verhoeven has long been fascinated by the idea of rape

Misogynist or feminist? The murky world of director Paul Verhoeven

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Misogynist or feminist? Tobias Grey enters the murky world of controversial director Paul Verhoeven

Would I be bitten by the bug that bit Katherine Mansfield?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

After circuiting Spain by train, I went east to Italy, stopping on the way at the French border town of…

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…