May 1968 – I Love Paris In The Springtime Let's talk about sex...we're French

Paris

It may not have escaped your notice that this month marks the 50th anniversary of the riots that took Paris by the scruff of the neck. The widespread violence, of May 1968, resulted in… well not much, apart from transforming… Continue Reading

Emmanuel Macron Cannot Change French “Strike Culture”

SNCF

There is another culture that the French are proud of, besides the “cultural exception” represented by their language, in the face of Anglo-Saxon dominance. It is the right for you to strike, regardless of whether your actions will close schools,… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (14): Emmanuel Macron – Jupiter Or Icarus? In wanting to fly too close to the sun, will the French president burn his wings?

Macron

French president, Emmanuel Macron’s television interview, broadcast on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, was nothing short of impressive. Macron showed a degree of confidence and self-belief, that were quite bewildering – especially if you consider that he was speaking to… Continue Reading

Charlie Hebdo And The True Value Of Freedom Of Expression 3 years later, Charlie Hebdo is still paying the price

Charlie

How much would you be willing to pay for the privilege to be able to open your mouth, and air your opinions? One Euro a day, or ten? Do you have a price limit, beyond which, it’s not worth the… Continue Reading

Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)

patriotism

Individualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more… Continue Reading

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part II: The Trial

trial

On 6th November 1975, Christian Ranucci was officially charged with the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. The official investigation was characterised by numerous “potential” irregularities, including the “rejection” of a last-minute testimony from a witness favouring… Continue Reading

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part I: The Crime

justice

In March 1976, Christian Ranucci was tried and condemned to death, for the murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. He had his request for pardon rejected by president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and was executed on July 28th 1976,… Continue Reading

Emmanuel Macron Must Stand Up And Deliver

Emmanuel Macron has won an unprecedented victory. The question now is, will he be able to deliver his promises?   The victory chants echoing all around the world famous Louvre museum underscore that, what was unthinkable a little more than 36… Continue Reading

French Presidential Debate: Much Ado About Nothing

From time to time, there is such a build-up to a mid-week football match, that you cannot wait for the Wednesday night. The build-up to this week’s French presidential debate promised a night of high drama, philosophical insights and antipodal… Continue Reading

Joan Of Arc And The Little Prince

Joan of Arc, having liberated France from English occupation in the 15th century, has become a symbol of ultra-nationalism expressed by  the French National Front Party. The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a poetic tale, in which… Continue Reading