Is the French Body Politic Broken?
Professor Maurice Fraser, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House; Head of the European Institute and Professor of Practice in European Politics, LSE
Professor Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics, UCL
Gaspard Koenig, President, GenerationLibre
Agnès Poirier, Journalist & broadcaster
Chair: Emma Jane Kirby, Reporter, BBC Radio 4
With France experiencing near-zero economic growth, high levels of unemployment and large public debt, the Hollande administration faces the challenge of reviving the economy and has come under increasing pressure from Brussels to bring its budgets within EU rules. The speakers will consider whether France’s political structures could be hindering economic recovery and what reforms could help to solve the nation’s economic and political challenges.