Nov 8, 2022
Macron and Sunak: Peas in a Pod
It often seems historically there is a décalage, a mismatch, between the politics and personalities of the British and French leaders of the day.
Jul 28, 2022
Rise of the Sans-Cravate: France's Parliament Comes Untied
“Without his clothes,” Mark Twain remarked, “a man would be nothing at all. There is no power without clothes.” Nowhere is this maxim truer than the...
Jul 18, 2022
Forgetting a Shocking Atrocity in Paris
This invisibility is especially insidious when it comes to Holocaust memorials. As I watched cyclists pedal and couples stroll past the stele, I imagined the command “Passant,...
Jun 7, 2022
How Zemmour Authored His Own Demise
The fate of Éric Zemmour has surprising parallels to the films of the French New Wave
Apr 22, 2022
Le Pen the Bonapartist
The French presidential contender’s reliance on referenda suggests she is more of a Bonapartist.
Apr 8, 2022
Putin's Crimes: Words Matter
The horrors produced by Russian soldiers in Bucha and Borodyanka have spurred countless commentaries on two concepts: crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide. Commentators...
Mar 21, 2022
The International Brigade 2.0
Last Sunday, several Russian cruise missiles struck a military base in Yavoriv, a city in western Ukraine. Much has been made of its proximity to Poland—Yavoriv is 15 miles...
Mar 7, 2022
The Danger Macron Poses to French Democracy
In a grim national address on Feb. 24, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would have “lasting consequences on our lives.” He...
Feb 18, 2022
What Tolstoy Would Make of Vladimir Putin
Rarely in recent history has so much been said by so many about one man. Listen to the media, and you’ll come away convinced that the current march toward war — or not...
Feb 7, 2022
Macron to Putin: Let's Be Friends
In the summer of 2017, shortly after he was elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron welcomed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the palace of Versailles. It was...
Jan 29, 2022
A Form of Anti-Semitism Becoming Endemic
Yet this is not the only kind of viral pandemic the world has lately confronted. There is, as well, the virus of political extremism. These strains are most active and worrisome on...
Jan 19, 2022
Macron's Vulgarity Is a Big Deal
What the French president’s choice of swear word reveals about his style of governance.
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