John Laurenson

Thousands of new French windfarms — but no reduction in carbon emissions

‘Wind and solar power make it impossible for France to close down its remaining fossil fuel power stations’

The Matzneff affair

Literary Paris and the French Left have had a blind spot for paedophilia—for decades

Latin lovers

A new, distinctly conservative generation of French priests is reviving Catholic life in France

France’s Catholic Disneyland

Puy du Fou is popular, conservative, historically-themed — and successful

Charlie Chaplin à la Française

Louis de Funès may be France’s most beloved actor. The choice tells us a lot about those who love him

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"