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School of Politics and International Relations

French Elections workshop

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Zoom webinar

On 24 April, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in France's presidential elections and was re-elected for a second term.  This one-day workshop brings together experts in French politics to look back upon the election and look forwards to the key challenges Macron faces.  We will consider the factors shaping the election result; the significance of the outcome for the UK, Europe and beyond; the state of French political parties in the wake of an election that saw the mainstream right and left collapse and be subsumed by the far-right and the far-left; the potential of Macron's own party to survive beyond his presidency; and the potential outcomes and impact of the parliamentary elections in June.  Registration to this online event is free and all are welcome to join us.


Proposed schedule

10.00-11.30 Roundtable: general analysis of the election (chair: Emily)

Sue Collard; Françoise Boucek; Andy Knapp; Rainbow Murray

11.30-12.00 coffee/lunch break

12.00-13.30 Panel 1: Understanding the vote, and the transnational implications of the outcome (chair: Françoise)

  • Yannick Dufresne, Bruno Jérôme, Michael Lewis-Beck, Andreas Murr and Justin Savoie. “Citizen Forecasting: The 2022 French Presidential Elections and Beyond.”
  • Malcolm Crook. “How the French Voted in the Presidential Elections of 2022.”
  • Helen Drake. Franco-British relations (full title tbc).
  • John Ryan. “Global Policy Shifts: Macron Positions France as Leading Ally in Europe.”

13.30-14.30 lunch/coffee break

14.30-16.00 Panel 2: French political parties (chair: Rainbow)

  • Philippe Marlière. “French Left: Fleeting Retreat or Permanent Decline?”
  • Elodie Fabre. “Explaining the Success of a New Party: the case of LaREM in France.”
  • William Rispin. “What Future for the Mainstream Right in France?”
  • Theo Aiolfi. “Populism, Transgression and Mainstreaming: The State of the French Far Right in the 2022 Presidential Election and Beyond.”

16.00-16.30 Concluding discussion: the legislative elections and beyond

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