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French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Macron Hitches His Reelection to Europe

The French president rattled Washington—and his domestic political rivals—with a full-throated defense of Europe’s centrality.

An illustration of French President Emmanuel Macron and the word emmerder.

Macron’s Vulgarity Is a Big Deal

What the French president’s choice of swear word reveals about his style of governance.

Valérie Pécresse gives a talk at a Paris high school.

France’s Iron Lady

Can Valérie Pécresse reunite the right and defeat French President Emmanuel Macron?

Water vapor rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant shortly before it was permanently shut down as part of Germany's phaseout of all nuclear power, near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. on June 11, 2015

Amid Energy Crisis, EU Fights Over Whether Nuclear Is Green

Brussels’s plans to cut emissions by promoting nuclear power has parts of the bloc up in arms.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Real Philosophy of Emmanuel Macron

The key to reconciling the French president’s many political contradictions is his widely misunderstood philosophical mentor.

An inflatable craft carrying migrant men, women, and children crosses the shipping lane in the English Channel on July 22.

The Channel Is Now a Charnel House

When at least 27 migrants, mostly Kurds, drowned last month, it was the culmination of a century-long Anglo-French tragedy.

Eric Zemmour is photographed in Paris on April 22.

France’s New Far-Right Firebrand

Professional provocateur Éric Zemmour makes Marine Le Pen look like a moderate.

People protest France’s vaccination law.

For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap

Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet.

Singer Josephine Baker performs.

Josephine Baker: First American to Enter France’s Panthéon

The Black expatriate singer, dancer, resistance hero, and civil rights warrior exits stage left into history.

Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks to the United Nations General Assembly.

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Journey From Barricades to War Zones

In “The Will to See,” France’s great proponent of humanitarian interventionism chronicles the world’s forgotten wars.

Candidates for the 2022 French presidential election lay a wreath for Charles de Gaulle

France’s Mainstream Political Parties Are a Dying Breed

As the presidential election looms, the parties that ruled France for half a century are now fighting for their very survival.

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How a Bloody French Fairy Tale Explains France’s Sexual Politics

The tale of Bluebeard the serial wife-killer echoes in the #MeToo movement.

Philippe Étienne in 2014

French Ambassador on AUKUS: ‘Every Crisis Is an Opportunity’

Philippe Etienne spoke about the controversial sub deal, his recall to Paris, and a new way forward for U.S.-French relations.

French Gendarmerie stand guard by the main gates of the Palais de Justice, where the trial of the alleged perpetrators of the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks is taking place, in Paris on Sept. 7.

The ‘Trial of the Century’ Will Test French Values

With 14 alleged terrorists on the stand and an election coming up, can politicians resist weighing in?

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Lens, France on Nov. 9, 2018.

No One Does Self-Interested Arms Deals Like the French

Paris’s complaints about AUKUS are remarkably hypocritical given France’s history of selling weapons despite its allies’ objections.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Biden and Macron at NATO in Brussels

Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France

Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.

Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.

Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future

France and Italy want to fend off the frugals and make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.

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