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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.
A 22-year-old’s desperate protest against financial precarity has resonated with students across the country.
Rather than Tony Blair, it is now David Cameron that the French president risks emulating.
The polemicist has attracted large TV audiences for his anti-Islam diatribes but critics accuse of him stoking racism.
The drawn-out process of leaving is creating problems for the rest of the EU.
Emmanuel Macron’s ministers have failed to defend a Muslim woman ordered to remove her hijab by a far-right National Rally official.
Climate activists have united with gilets jaunes, undocumented immigrants and students in opposition to environmental and social destruction.
After a disastrous fire at a chemical plant in Rouen, few are reassured by the government’s insistence that the air is safe.
Violent treatment of protesters is deterring tourists and undermining France’s reputation as the birthplace of human rights.
As the biggest strike for more than a decade has shown, the French president has picked a fight with the entire working population.
As exhaustion and frustration spread in Brussels, countries are warming to the idea of denying the UK an extension.