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Pauline Bock is a New Statesman contributing writer based in Brussels. She writes about Brexit, the EU, France and the Macron presidency.
Rather than a socially minded policy to scrap France’s entrenched class hierarchies, Macron’s plan to close a French finishing school will replace one elite with another.
Four of the likely candidates gathered at the recent State of the Union debate in Florence – but Juncker’s successor could be someone else entirely.
Nathalie Loiseau, the lead candidate for the president's party, has already made a string of gaffes.
The recent arrest of two journalists at a demonstration is symptomatic of the hostile climate facing journalists in Macron’s France.
The cathedral is a totemic symbol of French identity. As it burned, the end felt perilously close.
By embracing public spending cuts and refusing to reintroduce the wealth tax, the French president has denied the possibility of genuine reform.
The viral speech made by British MEP Richard Ashworth, who was expelled by the Tories, has captured the futility of Brexit.
Geneviève Legay was left with a fractured skull and five broken ribs after apparently being pushed by French police.
Rather than appease protesters with social change, the French government has demonised them as criminals to justify repressive tactics.
European divisions over the length and purpose of any Article 50 extension bode ill for Britain as it confronts the Brexit crisis.