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      Growth data bring cold comfort to Hollande

      Better than expected growth figures have capped a week of rare good news for France’s Socialist government, with the...

    2. April 22, 2016

      France’s latest protest party lasts all night

      Anti-globalisation activists met in central Paris one evening last month to debate ways of “scaring” the government....

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    1. April 19, 2016

      Feminists in a tangle over Islamic fashion

      When Laurence Rossignol, France’s minister for women’s rights, likened women willingly wearing the burka to...

    2. April 18, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron’s move to shake up France’s political stasis

      With a year to go before France chooses its next president, there is little to give voters hope of a change for the...

    3. April 17, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron bets on French political realignment

      By creating a new bipartisan political movement, French economy minister Emmanuel Macron is making a risky, but not...

    4. April 15, 2016

      François Hollande endures live TV grilling from hostile voters

      François Hollande was raked over the coals live on national television on Thursday by a panel of hostile journalists,...

    5. April 7, 2016

      Macron’s ambitions accelerate with new political movement

      Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, has sent shockwaves through the country’s political spectrum by creating...

    6. April 5, 2016

      A city tries to heal the wound at its heart with Les Halles

      Last week, I asked a French journalist and friend what he thought of Les Halles, the huge former wholesale market that...

    7. March 30, 2016

      François Hollande forced to abandon anti-terror bill

      French president François Hollande has abandoned a constitutional bill meant to toughen up France’s response to...

    8. March 22, 2016

      French central bank governor hits at Hollande labour reforms

      France’s central bank governor has attacked the country’s government over its botched attempt to overhaul its labour...

    9. March 22, 2016

      French youth protest against the ghost of Thatcher

      I met Louise — 23, nose pierced, blonde hair tied in a top knot — on Boulevard Voltaire in central Paris on March 9....

    10. March 20, 2016

      France opts for big over small with its labour reforms

      A French socialist government came within an inch of endorsing an ambitious reform to inject badly needed flexibility...

    11. March 16, 2016

      Les Républicains battle it out in the bookstores

      As America’s Republicans reach the critical stage of an exceptionally eccentric primary season, a more intellectual...

    12. March 16, 2016

      Paradox in Paris as Emmanuel Macron faces Gallic stubbornness

      For those paying attention, France always seems to send mixed messages. On the one hand, surveys show that the French...

    13. March 14, 2016

      Valls waters down labour reform amid socialist opposition

      France’s socialist government sought to quell union opposition to a reform designed to inject more flexibility into the...

    14. March 8, 2016

      François Hollande baffles France with his race to the centre

      After four years in the Elysée Palace, François Hollande has become a political puzzle: elected president after...

    15. March 3, 2016

      Uber: a route out of the French banlieues

      Baba, or “Sanka” as he is known to his friends in Bobigny, a suburb in northern Paris, likes to say that Uber got him...

    16. March 3, 2016

      A welcome intervention from France over Brexit

      One of the arguments pushed most strongly by those in favour of Brexit is that Britain should “take back control” of...

    17. March 3, 2016

      Too much drama from the anti-Brexit campaigners

      Fear and loathing is consuming the EU debate. On top of David Cameron’s warnings about Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, the...

    18. March 3, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron, French malaise and the British

      Three questions arise from the warning of Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, about the potential consequences...

    19. March 3, 2016

      French economy minister sends double Brexit warning to UK

      France would relocate its migrant camp from Calais to Britain and roll out “a red carpet” for bankers fleeing London if...

    20. February 28, 2016

      ‘Un Silence Religieux’, by Jean Birnbaum

      Last year, the French sociologist Emmanuel Todd caused controversy with his book Qui est Charlie? Todd argued that...

    21. February 24, 2016

      Christine Lagarde deserves her second term

      If nothing else, Christine Lagarde’s tenure at the International Monetary Fund has proved that neither being French nor...

    22. February 23, 2016

      Paris Notebook: Woe betide a French politician who is not well read

      In French politics, your knowledge of literature — or the apparent lack thereof — can make or break a career. This...

    23. February 17, 2016

      National Front hopes Brexit vote will inspire Frexit campaign

      There is at least one group of continental Europeans rubbing their hands with glee as they observe the drama...

    24. February 15, 2016

      French labour relations take a turn for the better

      The 35-hour week is far from being the biggest obstacle to hiring in France’s dysfunctional labour market, but its...

    25. February 11, 2016

      France’s law on terrorists and nationality is draconian

      François Hollande’s government is in the throes of passing a law that will allow the state to strip convicted...

    26. February 10, 2016

      France anti-terror law clears first hurdle as Fabius steps down

      France’s lower house approved a plan to strip French-born terrorists of their nationality and enshrine the state of...

    27. February 9, 2016

      Notebook: Paris needs to acquire a head for heights

      For generations, Paris’s wide boulevards and elegant balconied buildings have dazzled tourists and given the French...

    28. February 8, 2016

      Former French budget minister goes on trial

      Jerome Cahuzac, French President François Hollande’s disgraced former budget minister, goes on trial on Monday on...

    29. February 4, 2016

      Sarkozy vows to slash French taxes to revive election hopes

      Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to slash taxes and pare back public spending if he is elected France’s president in 2017, as...

    30. January 31, 2016

      Cameron hopes on Brexit deal rise after Tusk meeting

      David Cameron’s hopes of securing an EU deal for Britain at a summit this month were rising on Sunday night, in spite...

    31. January 31, 2016

      Macron economics is proving a thorn in Hollande’s side

      Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, is back doing what he does best: ruffling the Socialist party’s feathers....

    32. January 28, 2016

      Hardline secularism will not solve France’s problems

      It is not surprising that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French education minister, recently announced an overhaul of the...

    33. January 27, 2016

      French justice minister quits amid terror debate

      France’s justice minister has resigned in apparent opposition to a controversial constitutional reform proposal that...

    34. January 22, 2016

      France plans to keep state of emergency until Isis is defeated

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has raised the prospect of an indefinite extension of the state of emergency that...

    35. January 21, 2016

      France: Hollande’s travails

      Christopher Cajuste’s Haitian parents settled near Paris in the 1970s, escaping poverty in their own country. Now their...

    36. January 18, 2016

      A missed opportunity to fix France’s jobs market

      François Hollande has declared France to be in an economic state of emergency, calling its stubbornly high unemployment...

    37. January 10, 2016

      ‘Terreur dans l’Hexagone’, by Gilles Kepel

      Professor Gilles Kepel, who has documented over a quarter of a century the rise of radical Islam in the banlieues, is...

    38. January 7, 2016

      French Jews drawn to security of London

      When armed guards appeared in front of her children’s school in Paris, Sabine decided it was time to leave her native...

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