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Colin Randall

Marine Le Pen, French far-right leader and far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally - RN) party candidate, on stage after partial results in the first round of the early French parliamentary elections in Henin-Beaumont, France on June 30. Reuters
Macron's gamble has failed in spectacular fashion

France’s lurch to the far right was on the cards. But the clear gains made by Marine Le Pen's party has still sent shock waves through the political establishment

July 01, 2024, 10:03 AM
France has imposed a state of emergency and banned TikTok in New Caledonia. AP
Why France accuses Azerbaijan of inciting riots in New Caledonia

The French island territory is more than 13,000km from the Caucasus, and yet Paris alleges its politics are being shaped there

May 17, 2024, 1:40 PM
Protesters demand an urgent rethink of the Canary Islands' tourism model and freezing the number of tourists, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. EPA
What's the solution to over-tourism in Europe?

Some European countries are charging tourists an entry fee, given the large visitor numbers. If the trend catches on, might this lead to increased tourism in the Gulf?

May 01, 2024, 4:00 AM
Memories of the community in the block where he grew up while military conflict reigned outside left an indelible mark on the young Habib Haddad's consciousness that was to inform his life's work. Photo: Habib Haddad
Tech entrepreneur Habib Haddad's childhood lesson from war-torn Beirut

Lebanese 'start-up activist' reveals how he came to realise the importance of community and why he always aims to be part of something bigger

April 25, 2024, 5:00 AM
French police arrest Algerian campaigners in Puteaux, west of Paris, on October 17, 1961. Estimates vary but some suggest up to 300 protesters were killed by police before, during and after a banned pro-independence demonstration. AFP
Will France's attempts to recognise past wrongs survive?

When French MPs recently voted to condemn the 1961 police killings of Algerian protesters, it irritated a far right whose anti-immigration narrative is becoming more mainstream

April 09, 2024, 9:00 AM
The Labour Party is on course for an emphatic return to power under Keir Starmer in this year's UK general election. Getty Images
Can Keir Starmer save Europe's centre-left?

With the continent's hard-right parties on the march, it is up to Britain's would-be prime minister to show that mainstream politics can deliver

February 15, 2024, 2:30 PM
France's President Emmanuel Macron (right) with Gabriel Attal, his fourth prime minister in seven years. AFP
France's new Prime Minister needs to succeed in the court of public popularity

Gabriel Attal faces a few formidable tasks, one of which is winning over disenchanted voters

January 10, 2024, 2:00 PM
A woman looks out of a bus that will take her and other migrants for processing, in Dungeness, England, in August. AFP
The politics of divisiveness is on the rise in Europe

Right-wing parties with anti-immigrant messaging are predicted to do well in this year's elections

January 01, 2024, 7:00 AM
Workers clean the debris of a burnt train, in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday. Getty Images
The Dublin riot belies Ireland's long and rich history of migration

And yet a disturbing anti-immigration sentiment has been bubbling for reasons that need addressing

November 28, 2023, 5:00 AM
Former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy, fifth left, and Francois Hollande, ninth left, join other senior French figures to march behind a banner that reads 'For The Republic, Against anti-Semitism' during a demonstration in Paris on Sunday. AP
Why Le Pen's party cannot shake its 'far-right' tag

A weekend march in Paris against anti-Semitism attracted Marine Le Pen's National Rally but many remain wary of the movement's true intentions

November 14, 2023, 2:30 PM
Police in London arrest members of the Just Stop Oil environmental protest group as they block traffic during a demonstration in Whitehall. Officers have wrongly arrested journalists covering Just Stop Oil's activities, a worrying reminder that well-meaning changes can be interpreted over-zealously. Getty
The UK's tolerance of healthy dissent is under threat

The government wants to extend the definition of extremism to any individual or group deemed to undermine British institutions and values

November 08, 2023, 2:00 PM
French police officers block the road leading to a crime scene the day after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed to death a senior police officer and his female companion Monday evening in Magnanville, west of Paris, France,on June 14, 2016. AP Photo
No justification for police violence in France and the UK

Officers do a difficult, dangerous and necessary job but it is being made harder still by a few bad apples

October 03, 2023, 4:00 AM
Leading prayers at the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica will be the centrepiece of Pope Francis's visit to Marseille. AFP
Pope set for Marseille visit 500 years in the making

Papal trip to France comes as Europe faces turbulent political and religious times

September 20, 2023, 5:00 AM
Socayna died in hospital on Tuesday morning after being found in a 'river of blood' by her mother
France torn apart by death of woman from gangster's stray bullet

'Here in Marseille, it’s war. I blame the state, too,' says law student's mother

September 14, 2023, 1:15 PM
A collection point for earthquake victims at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, northern France, ahead of a football match between Morocco and Burkina Faso. AFP
France urged to use 'earthquake diplomacy' in Morocco rift

North African diaspora rises to challenge in contrast to French government's troublesome official response

September 14, 2023, 6:29 AM