The Making of a President and the Unmaking of Political Parties: France 2017


This year’s French presidential election will have a decisive influence on the future of France and Europe. The outcome could determine whether France remains in the European Union, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The political parties that have dominated French politics during that period may not make it into the runoff, leaving the final contest between a 39-year-old political newcomer and a right-wing populist. The repercussions of this election for Europe and the world are likely to be far more significant than the Brexit vote last June. The talk will explain how France reached this point, examine the positions of the five leading candidates, and consider the possible outcomes and consequences.