Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble
The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.
France Bids Adieu to Its Military Mission in West Africa
But banishing the neocolonial approach is easier said than done.
Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!
Gender-neutral terms have sparked an explosive battle over the future of the French language.
What’s It Actually Like Living Under France’s Far Right?
A town in the south of France offers clues to what may be in store for the rest of the country.
France’s Far-Right Seeks a Breakthrough in the South
The National Rally could win a key regional election—and a chance at mainstream success.
Europe Repents in Africa
Germany and France have formally acknowledged their roles in the continent’s 20th-century genocides.
Macron Goes to Africa
The French president is seeking to project influence, build new alliances, repair old rifts, and defuse the immigration issue at home.
How France Undermines Democracy in Chad
Paris’s uncritical embrace of late dictator Idriss Déby prioritized regional security over human rights. His death is an opportunity to change tack.
Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite
Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels?
It’s Time to Take Bernard-Henri Lévy Seriously
A close reading of the philosophical career, and influence, of France’s most ridiculed public intellectual.
French Secularism Isn’t Illiberal
Letting culture wars drive debate about “laïcité” obscures similarities between France and the United States.
The Aid Organization That Wasn’t
Meet the Russian-led fake human rights group implicated in an international criminal caper.
Once Again, Europe Is Sabotaging Its Own Vaccine Rollout
The decision to halt administration of AstraZeneca vaccines is unscientific, will derail the reopening, and could result in thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Where Face Masks Are Required but Burqas Are Banned
Switzerland’s crackdown on Islamic symbols is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry across the political spectrum.
In ‘The Committed,’ Revolution and Colonialism Turn Into Crime
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s sequel moves from the United States to France but stays revolutionary.
Why Has France’s Islamist Separatism Bill Caused Such Controversy?
While the French far-right believes the bill could do more to fight extremism, the country’s Muslim population feels the legislation is unfairly targeting their community.