Robert Zaretsky

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  • Nov 8, 2022
    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
    “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
    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
    The fate of Éric Zemmour has surprising parallels to the films of the French New Wave    
  • Apr 22, 2022
    The French presidential contender’s reliance on referenda suggests she is more of a Bonapartist.
  • Apr 8, 2022
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    What the French president’s choice of swear word reveals about his style of governance.