EU and UK

Euroscepticism is growing all over Europe

Europhiles have warned us for years of the dangers of Britain leaving the EU. But all the while a different…


Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths


France’s divided centre-right must delight Marine Le Pen

The leaders of the Républicains avoid Le Pen’s coarse language, but many offer similar immigration policies

Spectator letters: Atomic morality; Norman Stone on migrants and Greek islands

The morality of the A bomb Sir: In questioning whether we should celebrate VJ Day (Diary, 15 August), A.N. Wilson…

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s…

Nuclear power plant

The triumph of nuclear weapons – and the defeat of nuclear power

‘I visited the black marble obelisk which marks the epicentre of the explosion, and I saw the plain domestic wall-clock…


François Hollande could still win. And this is why

How France’s wobbly pudding of a president could still win again

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…


Susan Hill’s French notebook: My struggle to avoid local cuisine

An overnight stop on the Ile de Ré taken between the St Malo ferry and the Quercy, where we always…


Portrait of the week

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…


The true France in a bottle

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…


Portrait of the week

Home Tens of thousands took part in a demonstration in London against austerity, and thousands more in other cities. Russell…

Flamboyant intellectuals: René Descartes (main picture) and Bernard-Henri Lévy (below), in 1978

Liberty, philosophy and 246 types of cheese

The French have always favoured grand, elegant abstractions about the human condition, says Ruth Scurr. It’s part of their national identity

The Battle of Waterloo on 18th Juny 1815, 1816. Artist: Anonymous, 19th century

How the French won Waterloo (or think they did)

The French would still prefer to think of Napoleon’s last defeat as a moral victory

Le Perche: every farmyard looks like a painting

Beauty, tragedy and black pudding: the delights of Normandy

I am compiling a list of the best black puddings. It began in Spain when I encountered my first morcilla…

Gascony: nice, but couldn't it be warmer?

Nigel Lawson’s diary: Escaping election tedium in la France profonde

I have escaped this rather depressing election campaign by retreating to my home in la France profonde — to be…

A beautiful maze: Marseille’s Old Town

The pleasures of getting lost in Marseille

If you haven’t been lost in Marseille then you can’t have been there. As Alexandre Dumas wrote, this is a…


A fingertip symphony in a deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser

Two stylists work at this deeply rural French ladies’ hairdresser. Christelle is a gorgeous 17-year-old point-of-lay pullet, so lithe and…

Psychoanalyst Carl Jung (Photo: Getty)

Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…

Ben van Beurden (Photo: Getty)

How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil,…


Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing the mood of angry populism

‘Propeller (Air Pavilion)’, 1937

Better than Robert? Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern reviewed

In 1978, shortly before she died, the artist Sonia Delaunay was asked in an interview whether she considered herself a…

French villager Lucile Angellier, played by Michelle Williams, falls for a Nazi soldier

Suite Francaise review: what is this film playing at, when it comes to Jews in attics?

Suite Française is being billed as a second world war romance about ‘forbidden love’ and, in this regard, it is…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Photo: Getty

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…


How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote

Marine Le Pen’s unlikely rainbow coalition