The French government last week reported that anti-Semitic acts rose sharply last year, confirming a trend that has been noticeable at least since the early 1990s. You still hear the old Yiddish proverb, men ist azoy wie Gott in Frankreichor,…

The French are a nation of incorrigible, rebellious frondeurs who resent those in power, whoever they might be. Sometimes the animosity turns viciously violent, as during the Jacquerie uprising of 1358, when overtaxed peasants went on a rampage against the…

The first historical reference that occurred to us at TAS, when reading of French president Emmanuel Macron huddling in the Elysée Palace with his inner cabinet and security officials to figure out what to do in response to violent riots…

by Roger Kaplan | Nov 27, 2018

Twenty thousand berserk fans watched the starting Bleus doubles squad hold off a tenacious Croatian comeback on Saturday to win a round in the weekend meet, giving another day of hope to France. The venue was the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Lille;…

French police searched the domicile of Alexandre Benalla the other day, and the question is whether they found anything to embarrass his former employer, the president of France. Until a few days ago Mr. Benalla worked under Patrick Strzoda, President…

Almost simultaneous to Islamist terror attacks in the Audes (a county in France’s southwest), a pair of jihad-intoxicated men killed an elderly woman in Paris. Her funeral today is marked by a silent demonstration of Parisians led by the mayor,…

by Roger Kaplan | Mar 13, 2018

Something I never was able to get about translations is the way they try to reproduce the original word for word. In francophone Africa, for example, governments until a few years ago, say the late 1990s, regularly referred to themselves…

by Roger Kaplan | Nov 30, 2017

They may not have realized it was Thanksgiving, but the French were grateful to their tennis Bleus for their 3-2 win over Belgium in the Davis Cup final this past weekend. They stood and sang the Marseillaise, battle song of…

When French President Emmanuel Macron greeted President Trump in Paris on Thursday, their handshake was warm and heartfelt. Their awkward first handshake is behind them, and they have much in common. Both leaders are fairly new to politics. Their greatest…

Emmanuel Macron, freshly elected to the presidency of France, was on his way to gaining an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly on Sunday, so we decided to hold the virtual presses at least for this one, you know? What’s…

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