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.

27 October 2010

France: a ‘revolution’ to preserve the status quo

In the past, youthful rebels were heroically indifferent to their long-term security. The French protesters are obsessed with theirs.

13 September 2010

Why Sarkozy has declared war on his own population

The expulsion of the Roma is not a simple case of racism. Rather, this act of aggression speaks to the profound crisis of the French Republic.

27 July 2010

The purgatory of France’s revolutionary Terror

Danton’s Death at the National Theatre is a thrilling study of how social relations melt into air during revolutions.

19 July 2010

Banning the burqa is an assault on secular values

The fools who want to obliterate the face veil in the name of Enlightened values clearly don't know what Enlightenment is all about.

19 March 2010

Vive la cuisine

Le Big Mac may be on the rise, but a French woman explains why her country’s food culture is still alive and well.