Little Macron’s Threats

BY JAMIE FOSTER Boris Johnson certainly struck a nerve in Paris when he suggested that under his leadership the £39B divorce bill may be retained. President Macron said that if we were to not pay the bill it would be like a sovereign debt default and there would be ‘consequences’. This sinister, threatening tone conjures up images of being punished by international markets with a … Continue reading Little Macron’s Threats

Yellow Macron Folds

BY PAUL NEWALL We should watch on with some interest the events in Paris and Brussels where the mainstream media is informing us that a movement known as the Gilets jaunes are protesting a hike in fuel taxes as part of French president Emmanuel Macron’s green taxation programme resultant from the Paris Climate Accord. (Macron has just folded to their demands.) Looking beneath the surface there are … Continue reading Yellow Macron Folds

Resolute, Trump

CSM EDITORIAL From Anglophile Donald Trump’s seat at the Resolute Desk – a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, built from the English oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute – Britain does not seem so friendly after all. One would even forgive President Trump looking across the Atlantic these days and preferring Monsieur Macron to Mrs … Continue reading Resolute, Trump

A Postcard from Biarritz

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN As I write this piece from Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast, the September sun is shining and waves are crashing down onto the beach in front of the Hotel de la Plage. A dozen or so surfers attempt to gain traction from the occasionally useable waves. The terrace cafe in which I am sitting is much quieter than a month ago, … Continue reading A Postcard from Biarritz