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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.
The mass revolt by workers against pension reform is a symptom of the government’s political failures.
French feminist groups worry that the government's symbolic declarations won’t be followed with action.
Now approaching its first anniversary, the movement has brought public attention to the threat posed by police violence.
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.