University of London Institute in Paris

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75007 Paris

Seminar series
Challenging Europe

After one of the most remarkable presidential elections of the Fifth Republic we’ll be reflecting on some of the high and low points of the campaign and considering its consequences for the upcoming parliamentary elections.  

With an unprecedented level of support for the National Front, the absence of both major parties in the second round, and a raft of scandal attached to multiple major candidates, the presidential election 2017 has been like no other. But bigger questions lie ahead, both for Les Républicains and the Parti Socialiste, as they look to rebuild their parties after the failure of their candidates, and for the new president, who faces significant policy challenges around economic reform and social protection, widespread concerns over the position of France in Europe, and who is now charged with leading a nation deeply divided.

Following our recent roundtable, French Politics in Context, this latest event offers the opportunity to consider the stage set by the presidential for the next round of French democracy, the parliamentary elections, set to take place in a few short weeks.


18.00: introduction, Prof Raymond Kuhn (Queen Mary, University of London)

18.05: presentation by Angelique Chrisafis, Paris bureau chief of The Guardian, on ‘The French elections as seen through the eyes of a foreign correspondent’.

18.45: a question and answer session with a panel of invited UK academics, all of whom are leading experts on contemporary French politics.

The panel includes Prof Ben Clift (Warwick), Prof Alistair Cole (Cardiff), Prof David Hanley (Portsmouth), Prof Andy Knapp (Reading), Prof Jim Shields (Aston) and Dr Sue Milner (Bath).

20.00: drinks reception


The event is free and proceedings will be conducted in English.


The event is offered in partnership with the University of London Institute in Paris and is funded by the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London and the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France.

In partnership with Queen Mary University of London

Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France