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    1. August 25, 2015

      Sunday shopping casts a dark shadow over the city of light

      Ever since I moved to Paris two years ago, I have been fascinated by the schizophrenic nature of weekends. Saturdays...

    2. August 21, 2015

      Le Pen vows to fight expulsion from the National Front

      Veteran French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen on Friday vowed to fight his expulsion from the far-right National Front...

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    1. High Flying

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    1. August 11, 2015

      The French way of dealing with angry strikers: give in

      It was a predictable scenario. Farmers dumped manure in cities, burnt tyres and blocked the road to Mont-Saint-Michel...

    2. August 6, 2015

      For sale: two French warships with a negotiable price

      For sale: two Mistral-class helicopter carriers worth €1.2bn. Good condition. Price negotiable. France has extricated...

    3. August 5, 2015

      France and Russia settle over scuppered Mistral contract

      France and Russia have reached an agreement to break the contract for two Mistral helicopter carrier ships that were...

    4. July 28, 2015

      Jean-Marie Le Pen wins 3rd court victory in month over daughter

      A family dispute rocking France’s National Front showed no sign of abating after Jean-Marie Le Pen defeated his...

    5. July 28, 2015

      France shrugs off the smoking ban

      There is something quintessentially French about smoking. It’s tough to imagine Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve...

    6. July 22, 2015

      Hollande eyes push for ‘eurozone government’

      François Hollande wants to be the new Jacques Delors. Back from Brussels, where he helped salvage a deal to keep Greece...

    7. July 15, 2015

      The end of an affair for France and Germany

      European integration is a game that involves up to 28 players and at the end the Franco-Germans win. So it has been for...

    8. July 14, 2015

      The discreet redemption of Strauss-Kahn

      I was nibbling petits fours a few days ago at the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence — where the Parisian...

    9. July 14, 2015

      France’s François Hollande to push for more eurozone integration

      French president François Hollande has vowed to push for more integration of the eurozone a day after he helped broker...

    10. July 11, 2015

      French comeback exposes rift in eurozone core

      Paris made a surprise comeback on the European stage this week. As the crisis over Greece approaches a decisive moment,...

    11. July 6, 2015

      François Hollande seeks to play role of Greece’s saviour

      Greece’s best hope of remaining in the eurozone may now run through Paris, where president François Hollande has...

    12. July 3, 2015

      ‘France in the Hollande Presidency’, by John Gaffney

      In the last chapter of his perceptive book on François Hollande, John Gaffney writes: “Almost from the start of his...

    13. July 3, 2015

      Charles Pasqua, French politician and businessman, 1927-2015

      Like all successful power brokers, Charles Pasqua made as many enemies as friends. For the right, he was the last...

    14. June 19, 2015

      Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor

      When William Hazlitt heard the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo, it plunged the greatest English prose writer of his...

    15. June 16, 2015

      Manuel Valls overrides parliament to push through pro-business bill

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has for the second time this year resorted to a controversial clause in the...

    16. June 12, 2015

      Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquitted on pimping charges

      Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s four years of legal wrangling came to an end on Friday as a French court cleared him of all...

    17. June 10, 2015

      Manuel Valls caught in storm over Champions League final trip

      Officially, Manuel Valls, French prime minister, had to meet the Uefa president, Michel Platini, to discuss the Euro...

    18. The Exchange

      June 9, 2015

      Cameron needs to woo Hollande over EU reform

      “We must fundamentally reform our European policy … at least half of the Union’s competencies should be removed,...

    19. June 8, 2015

      François Hollande deploys cunning to tame unruly Socialists

      France’s Socialist party has long been known for allowing its internal disagreements to spill into messy public fights....

    20. June 2, 2015

      Change to party name cannot hide rift between Sarkozy and Juppé

      The rally was meant to show the newfound unity of France’s main opposition party, rebranded “Les Republicains” by its...

    21. May 31, 2015

      The end of long holidays would be a new French revolution

      The idea of taking 10 weeks holiday a year sounds unreal to the average American worker. The French energy giant EDF,...

    22. May 31, 2015

      Why Britain has no chance of European treaty change

      There are two overriding reasons why the EU needs to change its treaties: first to fix the eurozone; and second to fix...

    23. May 30, 2015

      France’s Nicolas Sarkozy rebrands UMP party as ‘Les Republicains’

      Nicolas Sarkozy has sought to get his centre-right UMP party a facelift by rebranding it ‘Les Republicains’ two years...

    24. May 28, 2015

      The short working week that holds France back

      Few laws better typify the rigidities to which the French labour market is prone than the one ordaining the notorious...

    25. May 27, 2015

      David Cameron lays out agenda to ‘renew’ UK in Queen’s Speech

      David Cameron vowed on Wednesday to reset relations with the EU, recast the United Kingdom and invigorate the economy,...

    26. May 26, 2015

      The 35-hour week: Is it really to blame for all France’s ills?

      What is the single most potent symbol of France’s dislocation from the 21st century? Ask any foreign investor or...

    27. May 18, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s bruising battle with the Twitter trolls

      Nicolas Sarkozy is embracing Twitter — for better or worse. With his 750,000 or so followers, the former French...

    28. May 15, 2015

      Henri Proglio loses his touch with France’s political elite

      Henri Proglio has thrived in a country where politics and business go hand in hand — until now. The son of vegetable...

    29. May 14, 2015

      Le Pen: No detox for the National Front’s unapologetic founder

      From his mansion nestled in a leafy enclave of a well-heeled Paris suburb, Jean-Marie Le Pen recalls the days when...

    30. May 12, 2015

      Henri Proglio accuses France of treating him as a Russian spy

      Henri Proglio, one of France’s top businessmen, has accused the socialist government of treating him as a spy and a...

    31. May 8, 2015

      General election: France must craft EU strategy after Tory win

      When the exit polls flashed on the big screens, the guests at the British Embassy in Paris let out at a collective...

    32. May 7, 2015

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s political comeback suffers blow

      Nicolas Sarkozy suffered a judicial setback threatening to spoil his political comeback when a court dismissed his...

    33. May 6, 2015

      The storm over snooping moves to Paris and Berlin

      Few actions have sown more dissension among western nations than Edward Snowden’s revelations about mass surveillance...

    34. May 5, 2015

      Le Pen drama threatens efforts to rejuvenate far-right party

      Jean-Marie Le Pen’s attempt to steal the show at the National Front’s annual May day rally in Paris was perhaps the...

    35. May 5, 2015

      French MPs back controversial surveillance bill

      France’s intelligence services will gain sweeping powers after the country’s legislators backed a controversial bill...

    36. May 4, 2015

      Hollande’s salvation may lie in France’s demography

      For President François Hollande, unemployment has been a plague. Since the Socialist leader was elected three years...

    37. April 28, 2015

      The populist surge has peaked but it will leave a bitter legacy

      Europe’s populist political tide is on the retreat. Not everywhere and not always for entirely comforting reasons. But...

    38. April 19, 2015

      French foreign minister criticises Putin for lifting Iranian ban

      France’s foreign minister has warned that Russia’s decision to supply air defence weapons to Iran will strengthen...

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