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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France
Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.
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.
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.
Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS
The French are right to be upset—but only about the money, not the strategy.
Macron Uses Biden’s Afghan Retreat to Push ‘Strategic Autonomy’
But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.
Macron Isn’t So Post-Colonial After All
National sovereignty is one thing. Monetary sovereignty is another.
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.