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    1. August 23, 2016

      Eurozone looks beyond the Brexit vote

      Three leaders meet on an aircraft carrier to declaim that Europe will stay strong. It sounds dramatic but the gathering...

    2. August 23, 2016

      Corsica clashes show the paranoia feeding ethnic tension

      In the dead of August on a narrow rocky beach in northern Corsica — a spot that my cousin, my sister and I know well...

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    1. August 22, 2016

      Sarkozy promises France ‘everything’ in presidential bid

      Nicolas Sarkozy has thrown his hat into the ring for the French presidency, beginning in earnest the race for the...

    2. August 22, 2016

      The French political left risks clearing the way for the right

      On the left, so many candidates are entering France’s presidential election race that it risks becoming a...

    3. August 21, 2016

      Covering up divisions will not help French society to heal

      It would be hard to find swimwear skimpy enough to cause offence on the French Riviera. It turns out that people are...

    4. August 9, 2016

      No ifs, no butts: a ban on French smokers’ filter-flicking habit

      Anyone who has spent time in the French capital will know that one of the Parisians’ most ingrained habits is smoking....

    5. August 4, 2016

      Nicolas Sarkozy seizes momentum for French presidential nomination

      In 2012, as he vowed to abandon politics following his failed bid for re-election as France’s president, Nicolas...

    6. August 2, 2016

      Manuel Valls is right to want a new pact with French Muslims

      France’s prime minister Manuel Valls, under intense pressure to frame a response to the latest terror attacks in Nice...

    7. July 29, 2016

      Theresa May told France she would delay Hinkley Point decision

      The announcement of a new government review into the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear project caught EDF by surprise,...

    8. July 26, 2016

      After Nice, French youth turn to the right for protection

      My encounter with Océane, a 21-year-old Nice resident with purple hair, tattooed forearms and stretched earlobes, is...

    9. July 25, 2016

      Nice attack erodes Hollande’s last source of popularity

      The terrorist attack in Nice may have eliminated President François Hollande’s already slim chances of re-election by...

    10. July 21, 2016

      François Hollande relaxes stance on swift Brexit talks

      François Hollande, French president, has conceded that the UK needs time to prepare for negotiations on its post-Brexit...

    11. July 19, 2016

      Juppé’s swipe at government reflects growing division in France

      Daniel Webster, the 19th-century American statesman, is credited with coining the aphorism that politics should stop...

    12. July 18, 2016

      French PM Valls booed as he attends tribute to Nice victims

      France’s socialist government has moved to stem mounting political criticism and public anger over its handling of the...

    13. July 18, 2016

      Theresa May to make first foreign trip to Berlin and Paris

      Theresa May will head to Berlin and Paris this week for her first foreign trip as prime minister, as she seeks to build...

    14. July 17, 2016

      French politicians rush to assign blame after third terror attack

      In November, after Islamist terror attacks in Paris killed 130, Manuel Valls, France’s socialist prime minister, warned...

    15. July 13, 2016

      Macron hints at French presidential bid

      Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, has come within an inch of announcing a presidential bid for next year,...

    16. July 6, 2016

      Paris dangles tax carrots to entice bankers fleeing London

      Four years after François Hollande — then soon to be elected French president — stigmatised the “world of finance” as...

    17. July 3, 2016

      France’s Alain Juppé offers Britain hope beyond Brexit

      Alain Juppé, the frontrunner in the race for the French centre-right presidential nomination, has reached out to a...

    18. June 27, 2016

      French politicians promise their own referendums on a new Europe

      Britain’s vote to leave the EU has prompted French politicians to voice support for their own referendum to add a stamp...

    19. June 26, 2016

      Brexit: Haunted Europe

      Weeks before Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Europe’s centre-right political party leaders gathered in Luxembourg to...

    20. June 25, 2016

      Britain must not hold other EU states to ransom 

      The British people have made a sovereign and democratic decision to leave the EU. It is essential that this decision is...

    21. June 24, 2016

      How will Brexit result affect France, Germany and the rest of Europe?

      Britain’s decision to leave the EU changes the facts of life in Europe, increasing the challenges faced by the...

    22. June 23, 2016

      French unions take long way round on demo

      For the tenth time in three months, leftwing trade unions took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on...

    23. June 23, 2016

      François Hollande has done the right thing, too late

      As often in his presidency, François Hollande has done the right thing but too late. Reversing an earlier decision,...

    24. June 22, 2016

      Hollande reverses ban on union protest against French jobs reform

      France is braced for another day of clashes between police and rioters later this week, after Socialist president...

    25. June 21, 2016

      Le Pen seeks mileage from Brexit debate

      Marine Le Pen has seized on the referendum on Britain’s EU membership to request a similar vote in France, as she threw...

    26. June 19, 2016

      Hollande to face party primary before re-election bid

      France’s governing Socialist party is to hold a primary election to choose its presidential candidate for next year’s...

    27. June 16, 2016

      Sarkozy vows to push for Schengen overhaul

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French leader who is eyeing a presidential bid next year, has vowed to push for a new EU...

    28. June 14, 2016

      The British ambassador’s diplomatic silence on Brexit

      With just days to go before the referendum on the UK’s EU membership, this year’s garden party at the British embassy...

    29. June 10, 2016

      François Hollande bears the blame for France’s strikes

      Even Francophiles must admit that labour unrest and football tournaments go together in France like ripe Camembert and...

    30. Brussels Blog

      June 3, 2016

      Brussels briefing: French repairs

      Welcome to Friday’s edition of our daily Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up...

    31. June 2, 2016

      Hollande has to stand firm against the strikers

      Football fans travelling to France for the opening of the Euro 2016 championships may find trains delayed, flights...

    32. June 1, 2016

      For French workers, old habits die hard

      In March the French government introduced draft legislation to reform its labour laws. The El Khomri law, named after...

    33. May 31, 2016

      Brunch and bonhomie in a divided Paris neighbourhood

      It had threatened rain all morning and the storm clouds were gathering as Eva Jaurena took the mic at an outdoor brunch...

    34. May 27, 2016

      Labour reform is a red flag to France’s bullish unions

      There was a festive atmosphere outside a courthouse in a Paris suburb on Friday, complete with food trucks and music —...

    35. May 26, 2016

      French union leader takes aim at Hollande

      A year ago, Philippe Martinez took the helm of an unpopular trade union haemorrhaging members and weakened by internal...

    36. May 26, 2016

      François Hollande faces biggest challenge to flagging authority

      François Hollande has spent much of his four years in the Elysée Palace dodging the big street protests that France has...

    37. May 18, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron pressed to declare candidacy for French presidency

      Allies of, and potential donors to, Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, are pressing him to declare his...

    38. May 18, 2016

      France shows shareholders need the tools to tackle excessive pay

      François Hollande is an unlikely champion of shareholder rights. France’s socialist president has more often clashed...

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