Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Emmanuel Macron’s selective defense of free speech

The French president believes only his government can be relied on to tell the truth

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

The Bataclan trial is forcing France to confront some difficult questions

Painful as it is at times to listen to Abdeslam, France can be proud of how it is treating him

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Afghanistan could fatally undermine Macron’s election strategy

The French president has good reason to sound tough on immigration

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

France is nervous about welcoming a wave of Afghan refugees

Macron is aware that immigration will be at the heart of the 2022 election

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron’s COVID passports are causing intergenerational warfare

Those most supportive of the passport are baby boomers or, as the French call them, 68ers

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron’s vaccine passport is uniting French anti-fascists and nationalists

A troubling fissure is emerging between the generations in France

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

The French are rebelling against Macron’s COVID passports

As the resistance grows, Macron may come to regret his martial rhetoric

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Emmanuel Macron’s dangerous infantilization of the French

Essentially Macron threatened to ground France because the country could no longer be trusted

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron’s vaccine passports are a betrayal of French values

Only the most ardent supporter of Macron would fail to sympathize with those who are alarmed at what is unfolding in France

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Marine Le Pen is just another establishment politician

On nearly every COVID policy, Le Pen has been meekly compliant

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron steps up his war on identity politics

‘Social difficulties are not uniquely structured by gender and the color of skin, but also by social inequality’

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

The growing extremism of France’s Green party

The threat that the Greens pose to the Republic should not be underestimated

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

French democracy is in trouble — and the EU is to blame

From Bayonne to Brittany, from the Pyrenees to the Pas-de-Calais, the French I speak to are sick of the EU

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

France is divided on ‘taking the knee’

On Tuesday evening, Les Bleus planned to honor the memory of a man killed by the American police more than a year ago

By Gavin Mortimer

Europe

Macron fiddles as France burns

French voters, alone in the booth, might decide that with no dignified politicians left, they might as well give Le Pen a go

By Gavin Mortimer

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