France is the land of what writer Pascal Bruckner calls "Bolshevism-lite,” where wealth is publicly hated but privately hoarded.
For Lionel Laurent's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
If ever there was a time to view health care as a benefit to society and the economy, rather than a drag on public finances, it’s now.
Nobody’s saying that Paris or Frankfurt will suddenly replace London. But we’re in a decentralizing phase where many centers can happily coexist.
While respect for mask-wearing and personal hygiene is broadly high, according to surveys of European countries, support for quarantine and self-isolation is wavering.
It's time to put renewed and coordinated emphasis on finding treatments for the novel coronavirus.
Former King Juan Carlos’s self-exile from Spain is a warning to monarchs everywhere as the virus ramps up social tensions.
Europe’s new COVID-19 flare-ups are a serious test of governments’ pandemic strategies.
It's the thorny challenges to reopening the European Union's internal borders that show just how tricky living with COVID-19 really is.
A rush to publish studies based on flawed science gets us no closer to a cure, and hurts public trust.
Fears of a flare-up in virus cases after lockdown haven’t come to pass, though some caution is warranted.