The man, dressed in full urban-guerrilla black attire, complete with knapsack, helmet, goggles, gloves and hammer, but wearing the iconic yellow fluorescent vest as well, systematically smashed shop windows, destroyed items stolen from shops and public offices, and set cars alight, including three empty police and army vehicles.

The case of François and Penelope Fillon showcases a surprising number of French political vices

Alexis de Tocqueville: a mediocre minister but a memoirist of genius

The President of the Republic is intelligent, good-humoured, and likeable, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that his time in office has been disastrous

From inner-city Paris to la France profonde, immigration has changed everything

Mme de Staël’s works are once again being read, but she deserves to be remembered as a realist as well as a fabulist

During the Second World War, a “perpetual association” between France and the UK was proposed — in effect, the EU Mark I

Continental Europe may be wealthy, but it is no longer the seat of innovation and entrepeneurship, while Israel, which outperforms its size, is willing to take uninsurable risks at all level

It is doubtful whether the rising star of French politics will live up to the hope and hype

The Brexiteers are much misunderstood by my compatriots across the Channel. A Europe of nations is what the continent needs