The French Elections and the Rising Political Divide

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:00 pm

CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall (2nd floor) Map

Sponsored by:
The Europe Center

SPEAKER:  Patrick Chamorel, Senior Resident Scholar at the Stanford University Center, Washington DC

This is a watershed French presidential election marked by the collapse of the main political leaders and established political parties as well as the amplification of corruption scandals by social networks.  The French electorate is torn between disengagement from politics, anger and confusion.  In the first ballot on April 23rd, voters are likely to reject the traditional Right/Left divide and stage the run-off campaign as a stark choice between far-Right populist leader Marine Le Pen and 39 year old pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron.  These candidates and their ideas are the most emblematic incarnation of the clash that increasingly defines Western politics, pitting anti-immigrant and anti-trade nationalists against the more cosmopolitan elites.  Will France vote more like the Dutch or the British and Americans?  With what consequences for herself, Europe and the transatlantic relationship?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall (2nd floor) Map

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