France’s president-elect made his name in the global arena, and has a diplomatic bent. Revitalising French foreign policy may well be among his early successes.
The self-confessed europhile will need to respond to concerns about the EU if he is to succeed as French president.
He is a strident europhile, but that doesn’t mean France’s new leader is out to punish the UK for Brexit.
Victory for Emmanuel Macron is a blow for the far right, but there are lessons to be learnt for 2022.
Macron’s win showed France is internationalist, outward looking, pro-EU and free market-oriented; Le Pen’s rise revealed that it’s also nationalist, protectionist, anti-EU and suspicious of outsiders.
France’s new president is just 39-years-old and started his own political movement barely a year ago. So how did he do it?
Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
French voters should understand what it means to live in a country where autocratic populism is the rule.
The French must choose between two visions – one from Macron that looks externally to EU partners in trade and security, or one from Le Pen that closes France’s borders and yearns for a ‘Frexit’.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron’s plan to reform the eurozone if elected is easier made than implemented.
Should France apologise for committing war-time atrocities?
It might look like an odd move, but quitting your party in the middle of a presidential election plays into a particular myth that might appeal to voters.
France must now choose between two candidates with strongly opposing visions. The outcome of the May 7 run-off could radically alter France, as well as its position in Europe and in the world.
Their policies on Syria, Russia, terrorism and the European Union.
Behind the judicial turmoils of some of the candidates, it is becoming increasingly clear that the French presidential campaign is about two significantly opposed visions of the future.
France’s Front National party has tried to distance itself from anti-Semitism – with limited success.
The official campaign to find the next president has begun. Are the cracks beginning to show already?
Despite a formal investigation into his financial dealings, the Republican candidate battles on.
In France, a president has no real power without a parliamentary majority. And Macron doesn’t even have a party.
When the presidential candidate pulled out of an important photo opportunity, everyone thought he was quitting the race.