All articles by: Chris Myant

Monsieur Flashball and friends

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

The museum was crowded. A special invitation just before the final French Presidential vote brought us all there: come in for free before or after you’ve been to the polling …

The left faces its election conundrum

Published: May 6, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Saturday evening before the first French presidential vote we went to the cinema at La Bastille. It was Lady Macbeth: full of oppression, menace, accumulating violence and lies, so it …

‘People want to dream’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

There’ll be many familiar faces in French politics leaving the national scene after the presidential election that begins this weekend. It is one of the few great certainties in the …

France: False promises on police violence

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Anal rape of captive young men using truncheons, wine bottles or anything else suitable that the soldier or police office finds to hand, has a long history in French ‘law …

The banker’s takeover bid

Published: February 26, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Which French presidential candidate has declared, repeatedly, “We have reached a final stage of capitalism which finds itself today trapped in its own inability to regulate its excesses”? One of …

What now after Hamon victory?

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

In the vastly solemn interior of Amiens Cathedral, a setting sun projected the colours of the painted glass in window after window onto the plain, pale vaulted stonework soaring 150 …

Mass opposition fails to stop employment law

Published: July 25, 2016
Written by Chris Myant

Those radical trade unionists of the extreme left who dragged an oh-so-patient and reasonable French President into the gutter of violent protest have marked “the bitter triumph of confrontation over …

Past lessons not learnt in France

Published: November 21, 2015
Written by Chris Myant

A national state of emergency in which one can travel from one end of France to the other by TGV without any one ever checking, indeed even looking at our …