France

Sacre bleu! Why bother learning any French when in France you’ll just be humiliated? Let’s study Mandarin, or Arabic, or Spanish in schools instead.

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

The infamous French libertine should be enjoying a reviva. The trouble is, he was a rotten pornographer

French president François Hollande seems to find monogamy too bourgeois for his tastes but all these former lovers are proving de trop

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

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

The singer Barbara is little known outside France. Yet her songs yield endless riches

In the first of an occasional series, we examine how and why hostility to Jews has re-emerged in France. The research for this article has been generously supported by the Hertog/Simon Fund for Policy Analysis

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

France’s First Lady lives a pampered, cloistered existence and regularly abuses her privileged position