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The French president is threatening to abolish the École Nationale d’Administration (ÉNA), the breeding ground of the ruling elite.
Isidore Isou was a Jewish visionary who escaped Romania and the Nazis to become a star of the French avant-garde. But his belief in his own immortality led to a dramatic mental unravelling
Michel Houellebecq’s seventh novel sold 90,000 copies within the first three days of publication on 4 January. At the same time he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur.
The French president’s measures represent high-handed gestures from the rich to the poor rather than a genuine anti-austerity programme.
France remains traumatised by the war in Algeria, which lives on in the festering resentments of the banlieues and prisons. Can President Macron begin to heal the wounds?
To the outside world, Macron still appears something of a success. But in France, his approval rating has dropped to just 23 per cent.
The city of Algiers has been a byword for terror and corruption for so long now that it is hard to imagine this was not always the case.
General de Gaulle believed in France’s destiny, so he made it happen.
The soundtrack was jazz and the clothes were black. When Paris spoke, the world listened.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline was one of France’s greatest novelists – but plans to republish his anti-Semitic writing has dramatically divided Paris.