Jeremy Jennings

The Rise and Rise of Marine Le Pen

'Ever since its creation in 1972 the Front National has baffled commentators. No one seems able to decide what the party stands for or where it came from'

Reason, Religion and the Terror

Anthony Pagden's celebration of the Enlightenment swiftly turns into a sustained, and unwarranted, diatribe against religion

Motivation of a Masterpiece

Why did Alexis de Tocqueville write Democracy in America? Lucien Jaume’s excellent work of scholarship helps elucidate the answer by investigating the man

Hapless Hollande’s French Farce Flops

‘Hollande’s ministers are falling out among themselves and criticism from his left-wing allies is getting ever more strident’

The Strange Case of Monsieur Normal

François Hollande's lack of clear convictions won him the presidency. Will France regret saying non to Sarkozy?

Au Revoir Les Clercs

It may seem like the French belletrist is a dying breed, but the modern-day public intellectual has always been something of a myth

Paths to Democracy, Catholic and Secular

Setting the tone of Catholic political thought for three centuries, it is in France where one uncovers the roots of the separation of Church and State

Democratic Disenchantment

Book review of Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-century Europe by Jan-Werner Müller

Sarkozy Plays Bonaparte As He Plots His Comeback

After four frustrating years, the French President is unpopular. But as his Socialist rival, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, falters, Sarkozy may yet hang on

French Lessons in Liberty

Alexis de Tocqueville saw that 19th-century America combated individualism through the art of association. Are there lessons here for Cameron's 21st-century Big Society?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"