French Presidential Election Comment

A series of blogs on the 2017 French presidential election

Integration and the French Election

In the latest of our ongoing series of articles commenting on the French Presidential election, Richard Norrie — Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration Research Fellow — discusses the ethnic composition of France. He argues that — whatever the contest’s result — ‘anxieties about integration are not going to go away’.

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France: The First Round

As part of our ongoing series of French election comment, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — comments on the result of the preliminary round of the contest. She concludes that people ‘celebrating prematurely should take pause for thought. Those who fear Le Pen should not feel relief — and neither should those who still believe in the EU. This is not over yet’.

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Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

For the seventh in our series on the French Presidential election, Marc Glendening – Policy Exchange’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Research Fellow – concludes that a hard-left candidate, who has declared the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be his personal hero, and has the endorsement of the Communist party, now has virtually an evens chance of winning his way into the final round

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A Four-Way Marginal?

In the sixth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers questions arising from the latest polling, on the grounds that ‘our assumptions are growing less assured’. 

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Let’s be franc: France and the euro

In the fifth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — considers the advantages and disadvantages of France remaining in the single currency. He concludes that the country ‘needs to concentrate on structural reforms — in or out of the single currency’

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The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers the recent polling success of Emmanuel Macron. She contends that his ‘recent ascendency is thanks to timing that owes both to fortune and opportunism’.

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France and her Economy

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — considers the state of France’s economy, in order to shed light on current attitudes and polling.

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The French Presidential Election: Voting and Polling

In the latest of Policy Exchange’s series of blog pieces addressing the run-up to the French Presidential election, Zoe Bengherbi — Energy and Environment Research Fellow — assesses what we can learn from the voting and polling, so far.

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France’s Presidential Election

In the first of a series of pieces looking at the upcoming French election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — explains why France’s ‘political problem is a structural economic problem’, and asks whether any of the Presidential candidates have a programme capable of meeting the challenges at hand.

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Integration and the French Election

Integration and the French Election

In the latest of our ongoing series of articles commenting on the French Presidential election, Richard Norrie — Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration Research Fellow — discusses the ethnic composition of France. He argues that — whatever the contest’s result — ‘anxieties about integration are not going to go away’.

France: The First Round

France: The First Round

As part of our ongoing series of French election comment, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — comments on the result of the preliminary round of the contest. She concludes that people ‘celebrating prematurely should take pause for thought. Those who fear Le Pen should not feel relief — and neither should those who still believe in the EU. This is not over yet’.

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

For the seventh in our series on the French Presidential election, Marc Glendening – Policy Exchange’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Research Fellow – concludes that a hard-left candidate, who has declared the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be his personal hero, and has the endorsement of the Communist party, now has virtually an evens chance of winning his way into the final round

A Four-Way Marginal?

A Four-Way Marginal?

In the sixth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers questions arising from the latest polling, on the grounds that ‘our assumptions are growing less assured’. 

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

In the fifth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — considers the advantages and disadvantages of France remaining in the single currency. He concludes that the country ‘needs to concentrate on structural reforms — in or out of the single currency’

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers the recent polling success of Emmanuel Macron. She contends that his ‘recent ascendency is thanks to timing that owes both to fortune and opportunism’.

France and her Economy

France and her Economy

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — considers the state of France’s economy, in order to shed light on current attitudes and polling.

France’s Presidential Election

France’s Presidential Election

In the first of a series of pieces looking at the upcoming French election, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — explains why France’s ‘political problem is a structural economic problem’, and asks whether any of the Presidential candidates have a programme capable of meeting the challenges at hand.

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