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French Elections 2022: Implications for Europe’s Future and Place in the World

Date & Time

Monday
Apr. 25, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Overview

Join us for a discussion following the second round of the French national elections and its geopolitical consequences. Who will France choose to govern – incumbent Emmanuel Macron or challenger Marine Le Pen?  What factors decided the election?  What does it tell us about the challenges facing Western democracies?  And what are implication of this election on the EU, France’s relationship with the United States, and its role in the Ukraine crisis?


Quotes

 

William Drozdiak

"I think much of Macron’s second term will be focused on Europe and trying to mobilize other European countries as well as France to stand up for their own interests in an era of resurging big power rivalry."

"Yesterday’s result was an affirmation of the axiom that the French in the first-round vote with their hearts and the second-round vote with their heads."

"I think much of Macron’s second term will be focused on Europe and trying to mobilize other European countries as well as France to stand up for their own interests in an era of resurging big power rivalry."

Célia Belin

"Emmanuel Macron was bound to be elected because of his superiority in terms of competence as well as the fundamental rejection of the far right."

"For these reasons, you have a result that lacks the momentum that you usually get after an election... No honeymoon is to be expected at all. He will be facing political opposition from day one, and this will prove more difficult for the type of free form that he might want to implement."

"On the merits of what he might do now, he needs to focus more on climate action. He has said during the debates that he would start an ambitious agenda of ecological planning."

"Emmanuel Macron is the youngest French president, but he has not translated this very much into pro-young people policies in no way, shape, or form."

Steven Philip Kramer

"On the merits of what he might do now, he needs to focus more on climate action. He has said during the debates that he would start an ambitious agenda of ecological planning."

"Emmanuel Macron is the youngest French president, but he has not translated this very much into pro-young people policies in no way, shape, or form."


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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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