French election

2022 French presidential election: a divided France prepares to choose its fate

Current Affairs Deputy Editor Joshua Guillen analyses the possible consequences of the upcoming presidential election in France. The strength of unity in Europe, he argues, hangs in the balance.

Populism and polarisation: France prepares itself for a divisive election

Upon securing victory in a splintering and deeply factional election, Emmanuel Macron spoke of a new vision for a pluralistic French society, pledging in turn to “combat all forms of inequality and discrimination”. With this commitment came great expectation; Marine Le Pen, then his closest presidential rival, had reinvigorated a rural working-class base previously detached […]

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