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The celebrated French writer Emmanuel Carrère on why he is drawn to monsters, murderers, enigmas – and himself.
How the contested legacy of Islamic rule in Spain is fuelling the rise of the far right in the troubled kingdom.
The late president’s popularity across French society is in marked contrast to that of Emmanuel Macron, who is deemed to be an elitist.
Christophe Guilluy writes from the left but has been acclaimed by the right. He believes that France, with its citadels of globalised wealth, is becoming like America but reserves his greatest contempt for bohemian liberals.
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.