When French Irrationality Was Deadly
May 31, 2014
France was the seat of the Enlightenment and intellectual order. Perhaps this made its writers fall in love with disorder.
Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language
February 02, 2014
The idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop.
What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
January 31, 2014
How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.
Meet the Anti-Semitic French Comedian Who Invented the Quenelle
January 31, 2014
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. The Passage de la Main d’Or, half a mile or so from the Place de la Bastille, is a nondescript, narrow street in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which these days is a fairly chic quarter in eastern Paris.
Meet the French Comedian Behind Soccer's Antisemitism Controversy
January 03, 2014
Nicolas Anelka might regret the goal he scored on Monday: The French soccer star ignited a global controversy when, celebrating, he struck a pose that may be based on the Nazi salute.
France's law prohibiting "incitement to hatred" is itself an incitement to hatred.
The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad
September 10, 2013
This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone
Surrender Monkeys Become Interventionist Gorillas!
September 03, 2013
With the British parliament’s no vote on Syria intervention, France has become President Obama’s most important ally as he plans strikes against Bashar Assad’s regime. And if the U.S.
Don't Be Seduced By This French Author's Argument Against Sex
August 07, 2013
In The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex, the journalist and editor Sophie Fontanell ... well, the title says it all. The book has been somewhat of a sensation in Europe, and it has now been excerpted in The New York Times.
Tour de France: Up the Mountain That Once Killed a Man
July 15, 2013
Nowhere else in France, or on the parcours of the Tour de France, quite matches Mont Ventoux.