François Fillon

Disaster vs chaos for France’s economy – or will the French Tony Blair win?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The lovely Dordogne village of St Pompon that is my holiday hide-away has only 350 voters, but is a perfect…

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

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

Trump vs British banks

4 February 2017 9:00 am

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

Portrait of the week

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Home Paul Nuttall, aged 39, was elected leader of the UK Independence Party. He said: ‘I want to replace the Labour…

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…

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?

France’s divided centre-right must delight Marine Le Pen

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The leaders of the Républicains avoid Le Pen’s coarse language, but many offer similar immigration policies

Is Nicolas Sarkozy headed back to the Elysée – or to jail?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Destiny is calling Nicolas Sarkozy. But it’s not clear whether he’s heading back to the Elysée – or to jail

France's political system is crumbling. What's coming next looks scary

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The desperate state of its politics seems to signal the end of the Republic

Watch out France: Nicolas Sarkozy is back, and he wants revenge

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The defeated president is ready to retake his party – and wreak his revenge on François Hollande