Category: France

20 Nov 2016

When Marine Le Pen loses, it will not be because she’s too right wing

Originally published in The Times. Surely after Brexit and Trump, President Marine Le Pen and “Frexit” will follow. That’s been the prevailing presumption of international punditry in recent weeks. And while the narrative arc may seem persuasive, what’s missing is the facts. … Read the full article, here.

12 Sep 2016

Britain To Build Border Wall To Fight Illegal Immigration

The UK. government is set to construct and pay for a wall along a roadside barrier in the port of Calais, France. The roadside wall has been blasted by critics for closely resembling the U.S.-Mexico border wall proposed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, the proposed … Continued

07 Sep 2016

Event Summary: ‘Europe in Crisis – a Shattered Haven’

By Patrick Benjamin On 6th September, by the kind invitation of Matthew Offord MP, the Henry Jackson Society held a film screening of the recently released documentary ‘Europe in Crisis – A Shattered Haven’. The film looked at rising European extremism, and particularly anti-Semitism, emanating from both far-right and Islamist groups. It discussed the increasing … Continued

06 Sep 2016

Event: ‘Europe in Crisis – a Shattered Haven’

TIME: 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 6th September 2016 VENUE: Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA SPEAKERS: Melanie Phillips, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author, Gideon Falter, Chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Tom Wilson, Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society For a summary of this event click here. #HJSevents This summer Europe … Continued

24 Aug 2016

The burkini ban is a political ruse

Originally published in the Spectator. Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X is the new Y’ (‘This season green is the new black’ and so on). So let me put in an early entry for the return of any such column by … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Islamic terrorism – how can the West defeat it?

Since 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan, the US and Europe have been forced to address growing instability in the Middle East which has spilled over into random acts of evil against Western cities. Asymmetric warfare – of the type waged by ISIS lone wolves like Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in Nice – involves appearing to … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Truck attack in Nice reflects ‘new normal’ for Europe

(Reuters) – European leaders and security chiefs have a sobering message after the Bastille Day killings in Nice: such lone attacks using ordinary vehicles are nearly impossible to prevent and can be carried out by almost anyone. “We have moved into a new era,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “And France will have to live … Continued

15 Jul 2016

Nice terror attack: Europe ‘faces summer of copycat attacks’

Europe faces Isil-inspired copycat attacks after the Nice rampage, terrorism analysts have warned, as millions of holidaymakers prepare to head for the Continent. The high death toll from the ram raid terrorist attack which killed at least 84 people during Bastille Day celebrations raised the risk of the “repeated use” of the tactic in France over … Continued

30 Nov 2015

The Real Lesson of the Paris Attacks

Originally published in Gatestone Institute What if the terrorists had been targeting “just Americans,” or “just diplomats” — would that be “understandable terrorism” in John Kerry’s thinking? “If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues? Should they be converted into something else? Should we ask the Jewish people to leave?” — … Continued

26 Nov 2015

The New Normal

Originally published in Standpoint This is how it happens these days, isn’t it? Last February it was during an interval at the theatre, turning on my mobile phone to find a text from a friend in Copenhagen saying the bullets had just missed her but that she was alive. A few weeks earlier, it had … Continued

20 Nov 2015

France’s civil war — and the struggle facing Europe

Originally published in The Spectator In the wake of the massacre in Paris, President François Hollande said that France was ‘at war’ — and that it must be fought both inside his country and outside in the Middle East. As the French air force began dropping bombs on Raqqa in Syria, another operation was under … Continued

26 Aug 2015

Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe’s Very Modern Terror Problem

Originally published in Newsweek In the aftermath of the attempted terror attack on a train bound for Paris last Friday, analysts have raised questions over what Europe can do, if anything, to protect itself from the increasingly unpredictable nature of such threats. On Sunday, French police confirmed the gunman to be Ayoub el-Khazani, a 25-year-old Moroccan … Continued

26 Mar 2015

Event Summary: ‘The Battle of Waterloo: 200 Years After’

Listen to the full event here Link to the full transcript This is a summary of a joint event with the Project for Democratic Union featuring Professor Robert Tombs; Brigadier (retired) Allan Mallinson; and Professor Brendan Simms, chaired by Ben Gummer MP, on 3 February 2015. The views expressed are those of the speakers and not of the Henry … Continued

13 Feb 2015

The Good Germans: Was the Battle of Waterloo primarily a ‘British’ or a ‘Prussian’ victory – or a genuinely ‘Allied’ one?

Originally published by The Wall Street Journal Whether holding the “Hot Gates” against the Persians, manning the Alamo in defiance of Santa Anna’s massed Mexican troops or repelling waves of Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift, the outnumbered defenders of improvised strongpoints exert a powerful hold on the popular imagination. In “The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men … Continued

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