Victory, but not a triumph, for Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron is the first leader of France to be elected for a second term since Jacques Chirac in 2002. Like his predecessor, he was fortunate to contest the election run-off with a candidate from the populist Right, this time... Read more

The fragile artworks you will see, but can never touch

Last week, the holographic Petite Danseuse was in San Francisco and soon it will emerge in Hong Kong.  The hologram, developed by American company Proto, appears inside a large metallic box open to viewers on one side in which the... Read more

BBC’s ‘most ambitious environmental series yet’ looks more like a travel jolly

It doesn’t take long to identify the main problem with Our Changing Planet (BBC One), the latest series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit. It starts in the wrong place. The programme wants to show us how climate change and... Read more

Grace, series 2, review: John Simm’s gloomy detective looks set to become an ITV staple

Still dealing with the repercussions of his wife’s unexplained disappearance and his decision to consult a medium on a previous case (a habit that, it transpired, he still hadn’t entirely shaken off), Grace had been gently advised to seek a... Read more

Brexit was supposed to take back control of immigration. It hasn’t

From the application of human rights laws to the analysis of statistics, immigration can be a complex subject, and the public debate about it can be deeply dishonest. But most of us ought to be able to agree some common-sense... Read more

Boris Johnson writes to Angela Rayner to insist ‘Basic Instinct’ claim was not in his name

The claims were also condemned by ministers. Mr Johnson’s message was retweeted by Simon Clarke, Treasury minister, and Nadine Dorries, Culture Secretary, posted the same tweet.  Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, said: “If an MP or MPs really said this then... Read more

Boris Johnson pushes for families to take up childcare support in cost-of-living crisis

Government officials are preparing to launch a new campaign to raise awareness about the tax-free childcare allowance, a scheme under which parents can claim up to £500 every three months. Research published by HMRC earlier this year found that 1.3... Read more

From maverick disruptor to Brexit bad cop: Ten moments that defined Emmanuel Macron’s first term as president

Emmanuel Macron ascended the steps of the Élysée Palace to become France’s new president after an extraordinary rise to power. He was greeted by François Hollande, a Socialist president whose popularity ratings were so low that he did not even... Read more

Jamie Wallis, Britain’s first openly transgender MP, breaks silence on transitioning

Britain’s first openly transgender MP has spoken about transitioning for the first time, warning that the debate around trans issues had become “toxic”. Jamie Wallis, the Conservative MP for Bridgend and Porthcawl, said last month that he “wanted to be”... Read more

Angela Rayner condemns ‘perverted’ claim she distracts Boris Johnson at PMQs with ‘Basic Instinct ploy’

On Sunday morning, Ms Rayner said the claims were “desperate” and “perverted” and suggested they could discourage women who want to work in Westminster. “Women in politics face sexism and misogyny every day – and I’m no different,” she tweeted.... Read more

Photographer to the stars Marilyn Stafford: ‘Einstein asked how my camera worked’

Marilyn Stafford, 96, is an American-born British photographer who found fame as a freelance photojournalist from the mid-1960s to 1980, when she retired. Covering both fashion and documenting turbulent events, her photographs have appeared in international newspapers and magazines. The... Read more

Questor: the potential to grow margins makes Reckitt stand out. Keep buying

The company’s online sales have grown by more than 85pc over the past two years and now account for 12pc of the total. They are expected to double as a proportion of total revenue within five years. As a result,... Read more

‘Johnsons ruined my favourite suit jacket and won’t compensate me to buy a new one’

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our Consumer Champion is available to help. For how to contact her click here.    Dear Katie, I regularly use the Johnsons located in my local Waitrose to dry clean the dress and jacket suits I... Read more

Desperate people are calling energy firms for help – but there’s no one on the other end

Scottish Power’s helpline, which used to open between 8am and 8pm, is now only available between 8.30am and 7pm. However, Keith Anderson, the firm’s chief executive, told MPs that the firm received 8,000 calls in one week alone from people... Read more

Delays of up to six months as council tax rebate scheme descends into chaos

North Tyneside council described the rebate scheme as a “significant challenge” and said it hoped to make payments in May. However, it hinted that some people could have to wait until the end of September. Colchester said it would make... Read more

How City veterans invested their way through the war and inflation of the 1970s

Duncan Gwyther of the wealth manager Quilter Cheviot, who started his investment career in 1976, said investing in assets that tracked the performance of oil was one of the few ways to make sizable returns five decades ago. “In 1974... Read more

Ask the expert: ‘Can you explain the daft French ‘priorité à droite’ rule?’

Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars where, as well as responding to readers’ queries, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars, together with articles on buying and selling.  His knowledge of the used car market informs... Read more

The reinvention of the 60-year-old man

Let’s be clear: I don’t feel that I am in competition with these fellows. I don’t measure my appearance against Clooney, or my achievements against Obama – just as well, of course. Nor do I feel obliged to put my musical... Read more

Three easy ways to eat mindfully and lose weight

Obesity is back in the headlines with a new study from Cancer Research UK finding that being overweight substantially increases the risk of women developing womb cancer. With the most recent obesity statistics by Public Health England reporting that two-thirds... Read more

Double-barrelled surnames aren’t just for toffs any more

I’m sorry to tell you that I recently became obsessed with the wedding of Brooklyn Beckham and his bride, Nicola Peltz. Given the highbrow topics I discuss on this page, I know it’s easy to assume I’m a cerebral sort... Read more

Christians are safe and thriving in Jerusalem

On the day before Christmas Eve, I stood in the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem with Issa Kassissieh, a Christian Arab and, as Jerusalem’s only Santa Claus, a local celebrity. We spent the day giving out Christmas... Read more

Over-cautious and hyper-woke, Netflix deserves to fail

I was a subscriber to Netflix’s DVD rental service back in the old days, and it was a lovely feeling knowing that, for the first time in my life, I could get a constantly rotating supply of films for relatively... Read more

British conservatism used to be the model, now it is a cautionary tale

It all seemed so different a year ago. Arriving in the United States in early 2021, I assumed that there was much for US conservatives to learn from their British cousins. Boris Johnson had just gained an almighty majority –... Read more

France’s next leader will inherit a tinderbox

Whoever is announced as France’s next president at eight o’clock sharp tonight, whether Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen, had better savour their victory lap. For awaiting them on Monday will be a country more sharply divided than at any... Read more

At last, my unfashionable kitchen is back in style

In his report on the house that is now our home, the surveyor concluded that it was in fair nick for a building so venerable. He added, “Of course, you’ll want to take out the kitchen.” To which our joint... Read more