The results of the second round resulted in a historic record of seats for the RN and an even greater polarisation of political life within the National Assembly itself.
Emmanuel Macron’s success validates a strategy aimed at making him appear as the champion of the “progressives”, but it has only partially worked.
The first round of the French presidential elections leaves the country’s party system in tatters and voters divided along three poles. What will happen in the second round is now anyone’s guess.
The dynamics of the “strategic vote” in France have amplified the restructuring of the political field around three major poles: centrist, identitarian and far left.
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
Under fire for her past Russian links, Marine Le Pen may still be within reach of the second round of the French presidential elections thanks to her left-leaning economic agenda.
The “rally round the flag” phenomenon has been an important fixture of political science. Will voter anxiety over war in Ukraine give president candidate Macron a definitive boost?
Sky-high abstention rates reveal the weakness of Emmanuel Macron’s political project.
Many French voters seems willing to give the new president and his party, La République en Marche, a broad mandate, even if they didn’t initially support him.
Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn’t get a majority in Parliament.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron went head-to-head in the final debate before the second round of voting on May 7.
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.
When Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, France was in a very different mood.
The prospect of a Marine Le Pen victory has financial markets spooked. For good reason.
With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.
Marine Le Pen of the far right National Front and independent Emmanuel Macron advance to the runoff on May 7.
Le Pen and Macron offer two totally different visions for France’s future and its relationship to Europe.
After a historic battle, we now know that one of two people will be the next president of France.
The killing of a policeman in a terror attack has heightened tensions as France chooses its next president.
Europe has had a number of important elections over the past year, but for the EU none is as significant – or as potentially grave – as France’s upcoming presidential election.