Past eventrResearch Event

French Presidential Election Result: What Next for France and Europe

Chatham House, London

Participants

Lord Peter Ricketts, Former UK Ambassador to France (2012-16)
Jonathan Fenby, Author, History of Modern France
Dr Françoise Boucek, Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Susan Collard, Senior Lecturer in French Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex
Chair: Bénédicte Paviot, UK Correspondent, France 24

Overview

On 7 May 2017, French voters will go to the polls to cast their votes in the second round of the 2017 presidential election. France now faces a stark choice between two politicians with two completely different worldviews. Will the independent centrist Macron win the presidency as predicted? And if so, how might he try to reform France’s politics and economy? Or could Marine Le Pen deliver a shock victory for the National Front?

Whatever the outcome, this election has already caused a seismic shift in French politics. For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, no mainstream party candidates have made it through to the second round. What does this election mean for French politics going forward? And what will be the impact on the EU?

Chatham House has invited four experts to share their immediate reactions to the results.