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    1. September 26, 2014

      Crowds rejoice at Nicolas Sarkozy’s return even as doubts linger

      It was as if he had never been away. “Sarko, president!” chanted the crowd as France’s former centre-right president pushed...

    2. The A-List

      August 26, 2014

      The French crisis reflects the eurozone's woes

      As soon as the latest gross domestic product figures emerged, showing that the French economy was becalmed in the second...

    1. August 15, 2014

      The fuse under the Fifth Republic

      France’s national crisis expresses itself in multiple ways. It is about poor economic growth, rising public debt and high...

    2. July 31, 2014

      Key dates in 400-year history between US and Africa

      It is in recognition of the changing times that the White House has invited 50 African heads of state, alongside hundreds of...

    3. July 24, 2014

      Russia sanctions: being "insufficiently cautious"

      Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the Mistrals… That’s one Twitter parody (of Charles de Gaulle, and a certain pair of...

    4. June 5, 2014

      Grace of Monaco – film review

      There are three parts, though not spelled out, in Grace of Monaco. Part one: Grace Under Pressure. Part two: Grace...

    5. March 27, 2014

      Brittan on Britain

      I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

    6. February 14, 2014

      Obituary: Jean-Paul Gardère, winemaker, 1920-2014

      “If Latour had not fallen so low, the British would never have had the chance to buy it.” This was the typically...

    7. October 11, 2013

      Why Danny the Red dreams of Europe

      In 1968 Daniel Cohn-Bendit helped send Charles de Gaulle into retirement. Now the former student revolutionary is having a...

    8. August 16, 2013

      Devil’s advocate who leapt to the side of the indefensible

      Anti-colonialist, iconoclast and lawyer, Jacques Vergès was a Frenchman who gained international renown for defending some...

    9. July 26, 2013

      Vive la déférence

      Following the repeal of a 19th-century law by France’s parliament this week, the country’s citizens can for the first time...

    10. July 5, 2013

      The Egyptian drama sticks to a well-known script

      Cairo has been going through Act III of the revolutionary passion play, the one in which the euphoria of the streets meets...

    11. beyondbrics

      June 7, 2013

      Further reading: Turkey's Putin

      Friday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: Erdogan’s Putin tendency; the importance of US jobs; and why China and the US need...

    12. June 6, 2013

      Turkey is having its 1968 – and now it needs its De Gaulle

      The hiss of tear gas, screams through gas masks and the thud of truncheons – these were not supposed to be the sounds of the...

    13. May 10, 2013

      The French elite: where it went wrong

      The French Stalinist Maurice Thorez spent the second world war in Moscow, where he called himself “Ivanov”. When France was...

    14. March 15, 2013

      Johnson showers praise on France

      Boris Johnson barrelled into Paris on Friday, proclaiming himself mayor of one of the largest French cities and offering...

    15. February 4, 2013

      Annick Gentes-Kruch

      Annick Gentes-Kruch is director of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s Corporate University, founded in 2010 to build management expertise...

    16. January 13, 2013

      EU patience wears thin over UK stance

      Like London buses of old, European anniversaries take a long time coming and then arrive all at once. On January 22 Angela...

    17. January 10, 2013

      Barroso echoes fears over vote on EU

      David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership and to put the new deal to a referendum came under renewed fire...

    18. December 17, 2012

      Not so plucky Gaul

      By Toutatis! Gérard Depardieu, the monstre sacré of French cinema and star of Asterix films, has decided to quit Gaul to...

    19. October 19, 2012

      Vive le roi du rock ’n’ roll

      It has been calculated that a third of the French population has seen Johnny Hallyday perform. Or perhaps it’s a quarter:...

    20. October 19, 2012

      Hot property: Historic owners

      The Old Rectory, Wimbledon, London, UK, £26m Where In Wimbledon, west London, 10 miles from Heathrow airport, 18 miles from...

    21. September 21, 2012

      Imperial dreams still haunt Britain

      George Orwell wrote that the loss of empire would reduce England to a “cold and unimportant little island where we should...

    22. August 24, 2012

      Euro defies gravity – but not for much longer

      Late in 1958, Per Jacobsson, the very distinguished economist and then managing director of the International Monetary Fund,...

    23. July 20, 2012

      BBC auctions 1,500 World Service relics

      Auctioneers have moved into Bush House and are preparing to sell 1,500 relics of the BBC World Service next week, ranging...

    24. July 6, 2012

      Hot property: Collectors’ pieces

      ▲ Apartment, Place des Victoires, Paris, France, €12.5m Where Close to the Place des Victoires, in the 2nd arrondissement,...

    25. June 14, 2012

      Hollande walks in the shadow of De Gaulle

      There are two sets of European elections this weekend. Everyone wants to know what the Greeks will decide. To my mind the...

    26. May 1, 2012

      France’s choice: naughty child or colourless adult?

      Icannot vote in the French presidential election. While as an EU citizen with residence in France I have the right to vote...

    27. April 27, 2012

      Le Pen backers scorn Sarkozy and Hollande

      Jacques Gaillard, an organiser for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front, has a colourful answer when asked whether he...

    28. April 11, 2012

      French election: A tale of two presidencies

      In May 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy, the ambitious son of a Hungarian immigrant, bounded into the gilded salons of the Elysée...

    29. March 25, 2012

      UK-Europe high-speed rail freight plan

      A group aiming to substitute 300kph rail services for some short-haul European air freight flights hopes to launch its first...

    30. March 12, 2012

      Aéroports de Paris/TAV: talking Turkey

      Airlines are merging; why can’t airports? At least the latter are doing so from a position of strength. The acquisition by...

    31. March 2, 2012

      This is London . . .

      When the BBC’s Empire Service was launched in 1932, it was said that the programmes would be “neither very interesting nor...

    32. February 29, 2012

      Heathrow could survive estuary rival

      From Prof Tony Eccles. Sir, Both BAA and Ken Livingstone have floated the idea that Heathrow could close if the estuary...

    33. February 10, 2012

      Resistance leader who helped rebuild France in peacetime

      When Pierre Sudreau had nightmares in later life, it was not the agonies of his torture and incarceration at the hands of...

    34. January 13, 2012

      Justice for others

       All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, by David Scheffer, Princeton University Press,...

    35. MBA blog

      January 10, 2012

      A beginning in Fontainebleau

      By now most of you reading my blog have probably started to wonder whether this is turning into a personal ‘racontes’ blog...

    36. December 27, 2011

      Old warriors play the best politics

      Just over half a century ago, at the start of 1961, Harold Macmillan, then the prime minister of Britain, was about to...

    37. November 21, 2011

      Memo to Merkel: it’s time to leave Britain behind

      Some things do not change. The abiding tension in Britain’s relationship with Europe is between an urge to stand aside and...

    38. November 19, 2011

      Mme De Gaulle stamped on smut

      From Prof Jascha Kessler. Sir, In “Raw and silly, but the Pirates may yet draft a new order” (Comment, November 12),...

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