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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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:...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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,...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. January 13, 2012

    Justice for others

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

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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),...

  34. November 13, 2011

    Empty threats of euro expulsions

    Bien entendu, on peut sauter sur sa chaise comme un cabri en disant l’Europe! l’Europe! l’Europe! mais cela n’aboutit à rien...

  35. November 11, 2011

    The end of identity politics

    When James Carville wrote, “It’s the economy, stupid,” on a sign in Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters in 1992, his words...

  36. October 31, 2011

    Find courage and wisdom to follow Monnet and Delors

    From Prof Johan Lybeck. Sir, Charles De Gaulle called him l’inspirateur. He meant it in a derogatory manner for a man who...

  37. October 28, 2011

    Why politicians deserve a break

    A handy way of spotting stupid people is that they say things like, “Politicians! They’re all as bad as each other.” I’ve...

  38. October 19, 2011

    BAA decides to sell Edinburgh airport

    BAA has unveiled plans to sell Edinburgh airport, as stipulated by regulators to reduce its dominance, writes Andrew Parker....

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