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.

U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron sit together at the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, on June 13.

Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA

France recalls its envoys to Washington and Canberra over a dispute ahead of the major U.N. summit.

Macron at nuclear submarine launch ceremony in France

Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS

The French are right to be upset—but only about the money, not the strategy.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Masoud Barzani in Erbil.

Macron Uses Biden’s Afghan Retreat to Push ‘Strategic Autonomy’

But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.

French President Emmanuel Macron greets people at Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Dec. 20, 2019.

Macron Isn’t So Post-Colonial After All

National sovereignty is one thing. Monetary sovereignty is another.

An anti-vaccination protester in France

Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble

The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.

France’s military drawdown in the Sahel is announced.

France Bids Adieu to Its Military Mission in West Africa

But banishing the neocolonial approach is easier said than done.

A Femen protester holds a placard reading "The Future is Feminist" at a demonstration in Paris on March 7.

Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!

Gender-neutral terms have sparked an explosive battle over the future of the French language.

French National Front mayor of Beaucaire, Julien Sanchez, poses in his office.

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.

National Rally campaign posters

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the chancellor’s office in Berlin on May 15, 2017.

Is Macron the New Merkel?

The French president has charted a new kind of centrism in Europe.

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