James McAuley


Global Opinions contributing columnist focusing on French and European politics and culture

Education: University of Oxford, DPhil in history; Harvard University, BA in history and literature

James McAuley, a Global Opinions contributing columnist, is a former Paris correspondent for The Washington Post. He holds a PhD in French history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Latest from James McAuley

Macron remade French politics. Now he’s paying the price.

Macron has remade the French political system. But the inevitable price he paid is that now he is the one against whom others rebel.

June 20, 2022

New U.S. antisemitism envoy takes on Putin’s distortions about Ukraine

Deborah Lipstadt says a strong U.S. response is necessary to counter Russian leader's manipulation of the Holocaust narrative.

May 11, 2022

Voters disappointed by Macron still backed him. Now he owes them.

Even if the far right was soundly defeated, there is still something deeply unsettling about the final result.

April 24, 2022

Four unsettling takeaways from the French election’s first-round results

The results show an incumbent president, Emmanuel Macron, who performed better than initially expected but nowhere near as well as he should have.

April 11, 2022

Putin’s ‘denazification’ claims and the self-serving manipulation of history

The Holocaust has been manipulated in so many ways that it has now become a perverse excuse for enacting delusional fantasies.

February 28, 2022

The Texas synagogue hostage situation reminds us that we must prioritize combating antisemitism

With antisemitism on the rise, Republicans must signal their repudiation by confirming Biden’s special envoy.

January 16, 2022

Macron is right: It’s time to make life a living hell for anti-vaxxers

Macron has set a fine example for other world leaders to follow in refusing to kowtow before ignorance or honor selfishness.

January 11, 2022

The threat of Trumpian tragedy looms over France

Zemmour, like Trump, always knows exactly what to say to elicit the most outrage and, therefore, attention.

October 26, 2021

France’s justifiable anger over the submarine deal should prompt a reckoning

After a week of histrionics, the waters seem to have calmed.

September 23, 2021

Europe hasn’t learned the real lesson on refugees. Afghanistan shows that.

It’s high time for European leaders to admit that the “crisis” so often invoked was an entirely political fabrication.

September 13, 2021