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Gaza on the Seine

Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

What Is Wrong with the Grand Nation?

Alexander Smoltczyk, Der Spiegel

Dark Days in France

The Economist

The conflict between Israel and Hamas hits close to home for France's Arabs and Jews. The French Republic might be the casualty....(full article)

The reported disappearance of Air Algerie-operated flight AH5017 en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has led to renewed interest in one troubled nation that t...(full article)

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along th...(full article)

France's leaders are increasingly worried about the apparent rise of anti-Semitism in their country. Yesterday afternoon François Hollande, the president, called an urgent m...(full article)

The shame of it is that this might not be an entirely out-of-favor viewpoint. It will lurk behind official denunciations of anti-Semitism....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Most Important Battle You've Never Heard Of - Hugh Schofield, BBC

Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England....

Thoughts on a French Strike - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

Not only is the SNCM highly indebted, but its annual losses amount to nearly half its revenues. This percentage far surpasses the budgetary deficits of any country, including Greec...

France Redeploys Troops in Africa to Fight Terror - Corbet & Ahmed, AP

The redeployment of 3,000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Dria...

The Dirty Truth About French Food - Lizzie Porter, Daily Telegraph

New regulations aim to maintain high standards in French restaurants, but lack of innovation is the real problem...

Do French Still Care About Tour de France? - Eric Reed, The Conversation

July in France means tourists, sunflowers, Bastille Day and the running of the national bicycle race. The Tour is one of the most recognisable symbols of France in the global imagi...

France's 'Days of Anger' - Ian Tuttle, National Review

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is not a problem only of the Middle East. Its hatreds migrate....

Sarkozy's Reckless Political Encore - Arthur Goldhammer, NY Times

On July 2, France awoke to images of an unshaven and bleary-eyed Nicolas Sarkozy seated in the back of a police car after 15 hours of interrogation by the ...

The Changing Role of First Ladies - Yo-Jung Chen, The Diplomat

Slowly but surely, women are breaking through the glass ceiling of politics. While this of course is justly celebrated, relatively little attention is paid to a much more tradition...

France Decapitated - Roger Cohen, New York Times

The French dislike modernity. They mistrust it. That is the nub of the problem....

Face Veils and French Freedoms - Financial Times

EU states must not curb minority rights after court ruling...

Recession Looms Again for France - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

France is on the cusp of a fresh recession as services contract sharply and the country braces for yet another round of austerity cuts, with record jobless levels likely to bedevil...

Hollande Sets His Sights on Sarkozy - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, The Telegraph

It has been open season on Nicolas Sarkozy ever since President Hollande was inaugurated on May 15 2012. Never an easy-going, approachable character, François Hollande has a mean,...

World Cup Revives Old Border Wars - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

And then there were eight. The World Cup quarterfinals kick off Friday with two regional grudge matches: Brazil takes on an effervescent Colombia in the city of Fortaleza, while Fr...

It's Summer, So France Is on Strike - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Telegraph

Gallic militancy may irritate you British, but imagine having to put up with it every day...

The French (Jihad) Connection - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

If cannabis were legal in France, Mehdi Nemmouche would be safely in Algeria, instead of under lock and key awaiting extradition to Belgium. Nemmouche was on his way to his father&...

No Sex Please, We're French - Zachary Karabell, Slate

The government of France has just made what on the face of it appears to be a nonannouncement announcement: It will not include illegal drugs and prostitution in its official calcu...

Will Marine Le Pen Disown Her Father? - Erna Paris, Globe and Mail

Are you there Sigmund Freud? Your famous couch has fallen into disuse in recent years, but the need is urgent. In France, a public dispute has erupted between Jean-Marie Le Pen, 85...

How to Live Like a Parisian (If You Can) - Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail

Parisians are different from you and me. They never look like slobs. As someone noted in this paper a couple of weeks ago, they eat fabulous food and never gain weight. The food is...

Is France a Real Democracy? - Simon Baptist, BBC Magazine

Is France a democracy? Most people would assume there is a straightforward answer - "Yes". After all, France has free and fair elections. However, there is more to a truly democrat...

D-Day's Going to Be Awkward This Year - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

This year's commemoration will prove even more challenging. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, now wound or winding down, have proved to be anything but good wars. The Obama admi...

A French Message to Britain: Stay Out of Europe - Michel Rocard, Guardian

The European Union is on its knees but you, the British, want to block even small steps to democratic legitimacy....

The Dark Meaning of This Year's D-Day - Dominique Moisi, Les Echos

France and the entire European continent, but also the U.S. and Russia, all look very different than they did at the last commemoration 10 years ago. Ghosts of the past indeed....

France's Political System Is Crumbling - Patrick Marnham, The Spectator

For French voters looking for signs that a more effective government might be on the horizon, the disintegration of the UMP must be deeply depressing. It leaves Marine Le Pen&rsquo...

Voters Worldwide Are Nixing the Left - Michael Barone, New York Post

The opinion pages, economic journals and liberal Web sites are atwitter (a-Twitter?) these days over French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century....

The Real Reason the French Don't Get Fat - Timothy Bond, Globe and Mail

Last month, I ate a strawberry. The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent. I was in France....

Europe's Angry Voters - The Economist

Europe’s leaders need to cut the power of Brussels in many areas, but in some they need to extend it....

Something Is Rotten in Europe - Alan Posener, Die Welt

Yes, something is rotten in Europe. And the reaction from politicians in the big European party blocks makes it clear where the problem lies. In view of the strength of the anti-EU...

Europe's Tea Party Rising? - Will Marshall, The Hill

The National Front and UKIP are more accurately described as nationalist and populist parties. They bemoan the surrender of national sovereignty to Brussels and the EU's open borde...

The Sick Man of Europe Is France - Laurent Joffrin, Le Nouvel Observateur

In every sense of the word, France is the sick man of Europe....

The Nightmare That Is Paris Apartment Life - Joanna Robertson, BBC

Neighbours' Day happens every May across France. It is a time for people to make peace with the people next door. But in the apartment blocks of Paris, bitterness and hostility are...

The Force Behind Europe's Populist Revolt - David Francis, Fiscal Times

Chronic economic problems and lack of leadership are fueling a populist revolution in Europe....

The French Far Right Aims High - Stefan Simons, Der Spiegel

After its triumph in European elections on Sunday, the French far-right Front National is hoping to increase its power back home, with Marine Le Pen aiming for the presidency in 20...

Putin's Woman in Paris - John Vinocur, Wall Street Journal

Marine Le Pen wants to neuter the EU as a political force. The Kremlin couldn't ask for a better ally....

France Retreats into Moroseness and Mistrust - Roger Cohen, NYT

Nowhere is the crisis of modernity felt more acutely than in France where for a quarter-century now globalization has brought moroseness and mistrust on an epic scale. Uneasy with ...

Ukrainians More European Than the French - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg

So if the European ideal is to create a citadel of tolerance and universal human values, who are the true Europeans?...

French Still Dream of Euro Super State - Macer Hall, Daily Express

Whatever the results in the elections though the Eurocrats have already decided how to respond. Brussels will be seething with intrigue and deals as the establishment attempts to ...

France's Far Right on the Rise Ahead of EU Vote - Elaine Ganley, AP

For the National Front party, French towns should look French. That means no more new mosques or kebab shops. The anti-immigration party is striving to be France's big winner in E...

Europe's Real Political Crisis: Apathy - Aurelien Mondon, The Conversation

It is widely predicted that far-right parties will be the big winners of the 2014 European elections. Some polls have even suggested that the French Front National, the Dutch Party...

France Clings to Customs as Economy Implodes - Terry Wogan, Telegraph

Shopkeepers here close the shutters whenever it suits them. I haven’t read the revolutionary theories of France’s new economist wonder-boy, M. Piketty – perhaps h...

They Saved the Eurozone but Forgot Its People - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Remember the eurozone crisis? You don't hear much about it anymore, which could easily lead you to the conclusion that the problems have been solved. And to an extent they have bee...

How French Leftists Learned to Love Austerity - A. Haldenby, Spectator

For years, George Osborne cut a rather lonely figure on the European stage. He was portrayed as the only major statesman who advocated austerity. But finally he has some company. A...

France's Caviar Leftists on a Warpath - Agnes Poirier, Al Jazeera

Call them "champagne socialists" like in Britain, "limousine liberals" like in the US, or "gauche caviar" like in France, the affluent Left who love Rolex and Marx in equal measure...

Temporary Foreign Workers: A Global Phenomenon - Rick Salutin, Star

There are now huge, unprecedented pools of foreign workers “floating” around the globe. One left a poem on a dorm door in China, writes Guy Standing in The Precariat: “We are...

A Surge of Anti-EU Populism Across Europe - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Irish election takes place in the context of a broader Continent-wide election which is probably more important than any in recent years in setting the EU’s direction pol...

How France Lost It All - Michael Korda, The Daily Beast

A victor splintered and embittered, careening into the Third Reich. In The Embrace of Unreason, Frederick Brown weaves a warning for America from the story of the divided French....

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