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.
France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’
The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.
The Real Reason France Is Skeptical of Vaccines
The French public hasn’t stopped believing in science. They’ve stopped believing in the state.
Macron’s Algeria Report Isn’t Progress, It’s a Whitewash.
France lost the Algerian War but is still controlling the narrative about its history—while refusing to apologize or pay reparations.
Why France Has a Much Better India Strategy Than America
France’s state-centered development model is a natural fit for the Indo-Pacific.
Only Central Africans Can Save the Central African Republic
The international community can help rebuild the army and institutions, but its presence cannot be permanent.
French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action’ With Biden on Iran, COVID-19
But Philippe Etienne says France won’t surrender its dream of “strategic autonomy.”
Why Did the Central African Republic Declare a State of Emergency?
The country’s postelection violence threatens a humanitarian catastrophe—and a continued standoff between Russia and France for influence in Central Africa.
Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse
Proxy wars pitting France and Chad against Russia and Rwanda threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.
Technology Can Be the Foundation of a Renewed U.S.-French Alliance
Macron has prioritized a digital future. America can benefit.
Macron Wants a French Empire Built on Language
Can France’s president redeem a language of colonialism to project global power today?