France

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…

The bullet-ridden plaque to Nelson in Napoleon’s Corsica

3 September 2016 9:00 am

European unions come and go. Back in 1794, one of the more improbable ones was founded when Corsica joined Britain…

France began breeding jihadis when it ruined its primary schools

3 September 2016 9:00 am

E .D. Hirsch Jr., the American educationalist and author of Cultural Literacy, has a new book out that may throw…

Sorry, but Opec won’t back up this oil-price rise

27 August 2016 9:00 am

How many Olympic medals did Opec win? The answer (though I’ll bet no one else has bothered to work this…

It’s right to ‘line shareholders’ pockets’ before fixing pension holes

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The revelation by actuarial consultants Lane Clark & Peacock that 56 of the supposedly blue chip companies in the FTSE 100…

I just don’t get the French

20 August 2016 9:00 am

I took the only spare chair on the terrace of the Modern bar, one of four bars on this Provençal…

Want to cut top pay, Mrs May? Start with the bank you own

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May sent a strong message to the corporate world when she criticised the ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap’ between…

A filthy Noël Coward, snotty Frog, mad Swede and Maggie: Edinburgh Festival Fringe roundup

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Plus: Geoff Norcott, a refreshingly brilliant new comedic voice, whose ascent Beeb censorship will impede. See him live at the Underbelly

Why we’re past peak tattoo

6 August 2016 9:00 am

I was born in 1958 and turned 58 in June, so for the next five months my age coincides with…

Theresa May’s right: we need China’s money, not their friendship

6 August 2016 9:00 am

There are reasons why Theresa May might harbour doubts about the Hinkley Point nuclear project — chiefly its unproven French…

To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

30 July 2016 9:00 am

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…

Thinking inside the box: Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice) and the chorus in ‘Béatrice et Bénédict’ at Glyndebourne

Are Glyndebourne taking le piss? Béatrice et Bénédict reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It takes a particularly wilful wit to alight on Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict as the perfect operatic nod to a…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Provencal-style

30 July 2016 9:00 am

We returned to the house early the next morning, on the way pleading special permission to pass through the police…

La France as I knew her n’existe plus

23 July 2016 9:00 am

From my bedroom window I can see a little girl with blonde pigtails riding her bicycle round and round for…

A bush fire nearly took our house - and our lives

23 July 2016 9:00 am

I sat down at the metal table on the shaded terrace to write a column. In front, ripening vines receding…

Why Cydney the spaniel loves France

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Market day in Bergerac and the streets are paved with chicken bones. As a spaniel, I am bound to say…

A love letter to France from a Leaver

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Bonjour mes amis! Cydney spaniel ici, en France! Well, the Eurotunnel was very nice, although the dog departure lounge could…

Frexit? Stranger things have happened

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit vote is throwing French politics into turmoil too

The latest thrillers have a high foreign body count

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Pascal Garnier’s novella Too Close to the Edge (Gallic, £7.99, translated by Emily Boyce) deals with the boredom of middle…

Cycling with a Provençal saint

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Michel is one of those Frenchmen one encounters now and again whose shining saintliness is beyond rational understanding. This great…

If Britain votes Remain, I’m moving to France

18 June 2016 9:00 am

‘This EU passport is an outrage. I want a British one!’ Not my words, Cydney’s. The spaniel is coming round…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…