Category: France

Et Après? France Has Spoken, What’s Next?

The centre has prevailed in France, having just elected moderate and pro-EU centrist, Emmanuel Macron, as president on May 7, 2017. In the second round of France’s presidential elections, Macron widely beat leader of the National Front (FN), Marine Le…

Res Publica: An Introduction to Post-Election French Politics

Welcome to Res Publica. Res Publica is a McGill International Review (MIR) blog devoted to the analysis of French politics. In the coming months, it will more specifically examine the post-election politics of France. Articles will be published both in English…

Macron’s Victory Won’t Thwart Populism

At a quiet dinner hosted by former presidential aide Jacques Attali in 2008, then Socialist Party First Secretary François Hollande asked a young investment banker if he had any aspirations for political office in the future. The investment banker was…

2017 French Presidential Election: De Gaulle Would Not Be Impressed

Since its beginnings, Charles de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic has seen an alternating succession of mainstream conservative and socialist coalitions. The last elections in 2012 were no exception, as incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative, lost to socialist candidate François Hollande.…

French Populism in The Age of Democratic Dysfunction

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In 2013, a survey revealed that 87% of the respondents agreed that France needed a true chief to put things back in order. This need for a strong executive is well-entrenched in French political DNA. Jean Garrigues, a French historian,…

Divide and Rule

At the Munich Security Conference, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for a “post-West world order.” It was a euphemism for what the Kremlin envisions for the future; a future that Russia is actively working to achieve. Russian foreign policy is…

The Rise of Reactionaries: An End to Ideological Politics?

Seventeen years ago, the twenty-first century was given a rousing reception, seen as the harbinger of hopeful times in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, unrelenting reference has been made to the implications of the…

The End of an Era: Can Trump and Brexit be Good for the Economy?

2016 has been a historic year in the Western liberal political tradition. Events like the Brexit referendum in June, and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA in November have created much uncertainty about the…

The Scattered French Left

“Today, I am conscious of the risks that would arise from an approach, such as mine, that would not gather up to a great extent.” This is how François Hollande announced that he would not run for a second five-year…