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Chatham House Primer: The French Presidential Election

Chatham House, London

Participants

Professor John Gaffney, Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University; Author, Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy

Overview

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The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April. Following the Brexit vote and the election of President Trump, there is a prevailing sense of a global dissatisfaction with the current state of politics and much media attention has focused on the possibility of a victory for far-right populist candidate, Marine Le Pen, and the possible implications this would hold for France and the EU.

Professor John Gaffney will outline the importance of an election held against the background of distrust of the establishment, corruption scandals, growing Euroscepticism and the increasing threat of terrorism. Who are the candidates? How will the process play out? And do the conditions exist for another major political shock?

The talk will cover:

  • The role of president in the French constitution
  • The timeline of the election: primaries, the general election and the possible run-off
  • A look at the candidates
  • The main battleground issues: the economy, security, political elitism, Europe
  • What the polls say and can we trust them?
  • Frexit? What is at stake for France and the EU?

About Chatham House Primers
The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate.

With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news.

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.

This event is full and registration has now closed. A video recording will be made available on this page following the event.