All articles by: Chris Myant

Men have had every advantage of us…

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

“The movement represents a universal appeal to the world to recognise that women as well as men are people.” Such a statement could stand for what is underway today: the …

What’s left of ‘brute togetherness’?

Published: November 16, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Ynysybwl has the right to feel abandoned. Its mines have not only closed, what evidence remained of the economic force that brought this community into being has all but vanished, …

Pride and préjudice

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Peering over the trench top, he looks out toward the enemy, fearful. His is one of the rare war memorials that is realistic, even moving. It’s an honest image of …

The hungry wolves begin to prowl

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

We stop in Aix-en-Provence for cheap diesel. There’s a Total garage just off the motorway which can save us 10€ on a tank full. The boss of the company was …

Right-wing nightmare, seen from the east

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

When you come at it from the east, Europe looks so very different. Yet along Romania’s northern border, where villages may have their names in Ukrainian as well as Romanian, …

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 …