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Past articles by Nabila:

The Rolling Stones: flying the flag in Europe

Ignore the Brexit rows – Europe is still in awe of British culture. → Read More

France’s New Far-Right Firebrand

Professional provocateur Éric Zemmour makes Marine Le Pen look like a moderate. → Read More

In France, we are furious about the AstraZeneca suspension and Macron’s confrontational power play

Our president appears to have little interest in promoting the products of Brexit Britain, no matter how important they are to defeating Covid-19 → Read More

How Samuel Paty's murder reignited France's free speech debate

The beheading of a schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech has rekindled a debate in France about secularism and the state’s role in regulating free expression → Read More

How Samuel Paty's murder reignited France's free speech debate – podcast

The murder of a schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech has rekindled a debate in France over secularism and the state’s role in regulating free expression → Read More

The Bataclan terrorists were the product of war-honed Isis nihilism – not Muslim council estates

The killers learnt about combat in a Middle East, Asia and North Africa torn to pieces by the best military technology in the world, which is that used by the US and its allies → Read More

Le Pen Is Silent, But Macron Will Welcome Trump’s Demise

Preoccupied with domestic challenges and an impending contest with a populist rival, France’s government will benefit from the defeat of the far-right across the Atlantic. → Read More

Unspeakable acts of barbarism should not be an excuse for Emmanuel Macron to demonise Muslims

As his administration pursues a clampdown against Islam – including the closure of Mosques – the suggestion seems to be that Muslim hate is desirable → Read More

Algeria needs an apology and reparations from France – not a history lesson

Emmanuel Macron has set a historian to investigate colonial brutality – but yet more evidence is no substitute for action, says journalist and academic Nabila Ramdani → Read More

The latest scandal to hit France reveals the hypocrisy of the country’s politicians

The family life of the conservative politician who was once a shoo-in to become president of France will be at the centre of a corruption trial due to be opening in Paris on Monday. Francois Fillon and his British-born wife, Penelope Fillon, will be defending themselves against charges that could see them handed multiple prison sentences. → Read More

Trump’s ruthless Israel-Palestinian plan shows how important Prince Charles is

The start of a new decade is traditionally a time of optimism and renewal, and both American president Donald Trump and heir to the throne Prince Charles have already marked 2020 by highlighting the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict. Their positions on the most intractable foreign policy issue in the world today are, unsurprisingly, very different. → Read More

France was home to the most famous of exiled royals – and Harry and Meghan can learn from their terrible mistakes

Take an educationally under-achieving duke with limited military experience out of the royal family and life is always going to be a struggle. This became very clear in France when a newly abdicated King of England set out to create a new role for himself in a republic with a long anti-monarchical tradition. → Read More

The Bayonne mosque attack is the latest symptom of France’s rampant Islamophobia

Imagine the depth of sadistic hatred needed to shoot two defenceless pensioners at their place of worship. The sheer barbarism of last week’s assault on a mosque in Bayonne, southwest France, had all the hallmarks of a targeted terrorist attack. Armed with a gun, gas canisters and jerrycans full of petrol, a far-right fanatic appeared intent on setting fire to the whole → Read More

Boris Johnson harassment allegations: The Conservative ‘nasty party’ are back with a vengeance – and I’ve just been attacked by them

Conservative Party members are going to extreme lengths to defend their leader against allegations of sexual impropriety. One – a Tory activist called Alex Deane – went on Sky News last week to counter claims that prime minister Boris Johnson was an under-the-table groper. → Read More

While China harvests human organs from its persecuted minorities, Britain is staying silent to protect free trade

Chinese camps containing more than one million Uighurs in the Xinjiang province are viewed as mass ‘organ banks’, where medics inspect the toll of dead prisoners and help themselves to useful parts from murdered human beings → Read More

I saw children being gassed on the Champs-Élysées last week – police violence in France is out of control

Even in a city as traditionally turbulent as Paris, recent scenes of police violence have been exceptionally shocking. Victims over the past few weeks have ranged from journalists and students to environmentalists and asylum seekers. → Read More

Christine Lagarde was the first woman to lead the IMF, but that doesn't mean she should be admired

Listen to the hugely expensive public relations speak that is such a big part of global finance nowadays and you will regularly hear Christine Lagarde described as a “rock star”. She has now resigned as the first woman head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after being nominated to become the pioneering female boss of the European Central Bank. → Read More

The D-Day celebrations overlook one important thing – the killing of so many French civilians

France suffered more than most during the European conflicts of the 20th century, yet still so few are aware of the price it has paid for peace – and that lack of understanding has dangerous ramifications today → Read More

Listen to footballers: no amount of money can protect from the devastating effects of racism

Mixing with racism victims is harrowing at the best of times; even when they are multi-millionaires wearing black tie and designer watches it is no less disturbing. The growing bigotry of modern Europe hit me hard when I attended last weekend’s Professional Footballers’ Association Awards, one of the most glamorous events of the sporting calendar. → Read More

Brexit wasn't David Cameron's worst political mistake – bombing Libya made the world a more dangerous place

The now unsurprisingly low-profile David Cameron is frequently blamed for Britain’s Brexit catastrophe. Whatever your views on Britain’s despairing efforts to leave the European Union, there is no doubt that the former Conservative prime minister’s contribution to the debacle was immense. → Read More