19 August 2013

France's veil ban is an assault on freedom

The idea that it is emancipating to have the state tell women what they can wear is mad.

24 July 2013

François Hollande: political magician

France may be in the economic merde right now, but the French president has a cunning trick up his sleeve: doing nothing.

4 July 2013

Making Marine Le Pen into a martyr of free speech

The threatened prosecution of Le Pen for stating an opinion is deeply undemocratic.

27 March 2012

Call off this Culture War over Toulouse

Even before we knew the identity of the anti-Semitic school-shooter, people were turning him into a symbol of all that’s wrong with France.

19 May 2011

L’affaire DSK: French right to private lives on trial

That one French statesman has been charged with sexual assault is no reason to attack the civilised distinction between public and private affairs.

19 May 2011

How the burqa became a symbol of freedom

France’s attempts to defend the idea of the Republic through an illiberal ban on Islamic headscarves has backfired.

11 April 2011

Banning the burqa: an assault on freedom

Unfortunately, both France and some of its critics seem driven by a desire to police people's thoughts.

28 March 2011

Cheese-eating surrender monkeys? That’s bananas

Its assault on Libya confirms that France is a belligerent nation that loves meddling in other states’ affairs.