Walter Ellis

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Walter Ellis is a journalist and commentator based in France.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

It's Le Grand Départ as French do what they always do - speed for the coast

There are two abiding clichés about the French on holiday. The first is that they all set off and return …

By Walter Ellis

Friday, 7 August 2020

Does France risk being drawn back into the cauldron of Lebanon?

Just days after the massive explosion in Beirut that destroyed the port and killed at least 150 people, President Emmanuel …

By Walter Ellis

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Macron displaying resilience as he embraces his inner conservatism

If you think that Dominic Cummings’s moonlight flit to Durham was a scandal, consider how you would have felt if …

By Walter Ellis

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Harry and Meghan are in a hole and should stop digging

My wife and I used to watch “Suits”, the New York-based legal drama that established Meghan Markle as a B-list …

By Walter Ellis

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Europe's Ode to Joy has become the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Like Yanis Vaurofakis, though sadly without his millionaire income, I have been liberated by the strange turns Europe has taken …

By Walter Ellis

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Bordeaux: a jewel of France. Just don’t mention the S-word

If close association with the slave trade was what decided the fate of cities, Bordeaux would have to be bulldozed. …

By Walter Ellis

Thursday, 23 July 2020

The Battered Lives of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

It is no secret that the lives of Hollywood actors tend not to move along normal lines. All too often, …

By Walter Ellis

Monday, 20 July 2020

Europe sleepwalks into a new dawn of uncertainty

More than half-way through his third term as Dutch prime minister and still just 53, Mark Rutte is suddenly up …

By Walter Ellis

Friday, 17 July 2020

EU leaders divide up 1.8 trillion euro bailout fund. What could go wrong?

The European Union, like so much of the world these days, seems constantly to be staring into the abyss. Its …

By Walter Ellis