'There's Bad News, Folks — I'm French' (EUROPE | FRANCE)

Competition is bad, unemployment is good and Vivendi Universal boss Jean-Marie Messier is not French. Television satirist Bruno Gaccio explains why

Crossing Borders (EUROPE | FRANCE)

Dispensing with tradition, the next generation of filmmakers, athletes, authors and actors is leaping France's national, cultural and linguistic barriers

Designing Men (EUROPE | FRANCE)

Paris prides itself on being the fashion capital of the world. But few of the designers working there are French. Lauren Goldstein finds two who are

How Very French (EUROPE | FRANCE)

Voters want their rulers to interfere in daily life

Is It Time For a Sixth Republic? (EUROPE | FRANCE)

If voters choose a president from one party and a parliament dominated by another, France could face more than gridlock.

The End of the Line for ENA? (EUROPE | FRANCE)

The Ecole Nationale d'Administration once produced France's élite. Not any more. A look at ENA's future — and at those who've taken a different path to power

The Fight for Quality of Life (EUROPE | FRANCE)

How long can the French continue to afford their excellent — and expensive — public services?

The Grass Is Greener in France (EUROPE | FRANCE)

Across Europe farming faces an uncertain future. In Limoges, Nicholas Le Quesne discovers why so many foreigners flock to France to till the soil