France

The crushing consensus that Marine Le Pen will lose looks worryingly like complacency

Let the market decide.<p>I’m normally one to thoroughly agree with that idea. But on Monday morning I woke up to a slew of headlines crowning Emmanuel …

Marine Le Pen

These Secrets About the Louvre Museum Will Surprise You

The one-time fortress has experienced a long and fascinating history—even before any art work was hung on its walls<p>In honor of architect I.M. Pei’s 100th birthday, we’re diving into the history of the Louvre: a cultural hub that precedes him by some 700 years, but which owes much of its present …

Paris

French Front-Runner Campaigns Against Himself

The conventional wisdom has it that Emmanuel Macron won't have to break a sweat to win the May 7 presidential election runoff against Marine Le Pen. But first he'll have to survive his own campaign.<p>Stung by criticism that he is the candidate of elites and the beneficiaries of globalization, …

Marine Le Pen

Is the choice between Macron and Le Pen really so much of a choice?

Also in The Spectator’s Notes: the Uberisation of politics; Tim Farron’s views on gay sex; driving tests for the elderly<p>With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel themselves spoilt for choice. You can have either the …

Marine Le Pen

Russia's Hack Of Elections In France Requires Counterpunch

On April 25, cybersecurity experts said the same Russian hackers who allegedly targeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and likely torpedoed it, are targeting France’s centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron. Russia’s targeting of Macron may sway the election to Putin’s ally, Marine Le Pen. Macron is …

Marine Le Pen

Look Inside a Manhattan Duplex That Embodies the Glamour of 19th-Century Paris

The lyrical Napoleonic spirit of interior designer Jean-Paul Beaujard’s New York City apartment seems a world away from modern-day Manhattan<p><i>This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.</i><p>Jean-Paul Beaujard, an urbane Frenchman, answers his doorbell on a gray …

Paris

Has democracy reached a breaking point?

<b>London (CNN) —</b> It is often hailed as the beacon of a civilized society -- but is democracy in danger of failing the very people it is supposed to protect?<p>Across the world, experts say democratic states are facing their biggest test in years as they attempt to cope with a loss of trust in public …

Marine Le Pen

French voters must choose between the lesser of two evils: Macron or Le Pen

Macron is arrogant and incompetent with no solid backing. But if he wins power he can be opposed. The same cannot be said of Marine Le Pen<p>The presidential run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen poses a dilemma for many French progressive voters: the former is seen as one of the main …

Marine Le Pen

Macron Optimism Disguises Historic Meltdown in European Politics - Bloomberg

Emmanuel Macron, the favorite to win the French presidency next month, has been greeted as a potential savior for financial markets and the European …

Marine Le Pen

“You will not have my hate”: watch the eulogy to the Paris police officer killed last week

Last Thursday, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, a single shooter killed a 37-year-old police officer named Xavier Jugelé in the name of ISIS. For days, the news cycle — and President Trump — focused on how that terror attack would impact the French election.<p>But the biggest impact was on one man, …

Marine Le Pen

Woman in France brought back to life in 'resurrection after Easter'

Paramedics had written a death certificate for the 49-year-old woman.<p>A woman who was declared dead by paramedics in France was miraculously brought …

Crime

The World’s Most Powerful Women: April 27

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA<p>Countering Conservatives<p>Gina Miller, the financier who successfully brought the U.K. government to court over Article 50, …

Marine Le Pen

10 held over attack on Paris Jewish store

PARIS: Ten people, including a suspected arms dealer, are in custody as part of an investigation into a deadly 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket in …

Charlie Hebdo

The New Leader Of France's National Front Questioned The Existence Of Nazi Gas Chambers

In a dissertation interview in 2000, Jalkh discussed "the problem of gas chambers" and the theories of convicted Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.<p>"I think we should be able to discuss this problem," Jalkh said at the time. "Even a guy like Faurisson, he says: I'm asking you, I'm asking a number of …

Marine Le Pen

Why the French shrug off teen romances with teachers

CANNES, France — They say that behind every great man is … an older woman?<p>In French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s case, this is true — he …

Lifestyle

This French bookstore’s clever Instagram account will make any book lover swoon

France’s very first independent bookstore, Librairie Mollat, opened its doors in 1896 — and today, it remains a “must-see” on any trip to Bordeaux. …

Social Media

Did Marie Antoinette Ever Say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

One legend has it, that Marie Antoinette shouted "let them eat cake" as she was forced to the guillotine by a mob of starving French peasants. …

Gluten

Jesse Williams Divorcing Wife After Paris Hookup With Minka Kelly?

Hollywood actor Jesse Williams is divorcing wife Aryn Drake-Lee Williams after five years of being married, and some online reports are suggesting …

Paris

I'm French, and Everything My Country Stands For Is at Stake in Our Election

Liberty, equality, fraternity. Those are the values France was built on. But today, those values I cherish — those values my ancestors fought so hard …

Marine Le Pen

Will: Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

WASHINGTON — The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate …

Marine Le Pen

French 'Proof' That Assad Used Sarin in Khan Sheikhoun Turns out to Be Complete BS

For over a week now France has claimed it has irrefutable evidence that Syrian military used gas against civilians earlier this month and would …

Syria

Astronaut takes stunning photos of airports from space

• Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 39, from France is currently based on the International Space Station<br>• He took off to space for his first mission last …

Charles de Gaulle

Time to Give Europe Some Credit

Good morning.<p>Whisper it quietly, but Europe's crisis is over, at least for the immediate future.<p>By far the most important evidence for this …

Marine Le Pen

Are French pollsters just smarter?

PARIS — For the first time since Britain’s vote for Brexit shocked the world, pollsters are back in good graces. Thank the French for that.<p>France’s …

Marine Le Pen

Man held in Spain after anti-jihadist raid was spotted at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Barcelona

Barcelona (AFP) - A man held in a Spanish anti-jihadist raid was spotted in September in front of a Barcelona concert hall where the band that was playing during the Bataclan attack in Paris was due to perform, police said Wednesday.<p>Eagles of Death Metal was in full swing at the Bataclan concert …

Eagles of Death Metal

Two French police officers shot by 'radicalised' man

Two police officers have been shot in the French overseas territory of La Reunion by a man described as "radicalised".<p>More to follow...<p>More …

Policing

Marine Le Pen owes Europe 300,000 euros; to lose immunity for misusing funds

European Union lawmakers began on Wednesday a process to lift French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's immunity over alleged misuse of EU funds, …

Marine Le Pen

ECB faces division on Macron effect

What to watch for in Thursday’s governing council meeting

Marine Le Pen

Partner of Slain Paris Policeman: 'I'm Suffering Without Hate'

<i>On April 20, police officer Xavier Jugelé was shot and killed while on duty at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris, by a gunman who targeted a</i> …

Policing

"Brexit" is in the running to be France's word of the year

It may be dominating the British agenda, but it seems Brexit is just as important across the channel, after it was shortlisted as one of France's …