The French Presidential Election: France at a Crossroads

IIEA10th May 20171min
Pierre Haski gave a presentation on the outcome of the French Presidential Elections on May 7. He analysed the major policy choices facing the new President of France, and the context in which these decisions will be taken. The next President of France will inherit a discontented country and a divided society, with an unemployment rate of around 10%, sluggish economic growth, and societal tensions which have been exacerbated by recent jihadist attacks. The most immediate challenge facing the new President will be the legislative elections on June 11, 2017, forming a government and getting the backing of a majority in the Assemblee Nationale for their policies.

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About the Speech:

Pierre Haski gave a presentation on the outcome of the French Presidential Elections on May 7. He analysed the major policy choices facing the new President of France, and the context in which these decisions will be taken. The next President of France will inherit a discontented country and a divided society, with an unemployment rate of around 10%, sluggish economic growth, and societal tensions which have been exacerbated by recent jihadist attacks. The most immediate challenge facing the new President will be the legislative elections on June 11, 2017, forming a government and getting the backing of a majority in the Assemblee Nationale for their policies.

About the Speaker:

Pierre Haski is one of the most experienced and most distinguished journalists in France.  He is Co-Founder of the French independent news website Rue89.com. He is a former Deputy Editor of the French daily, Libération. Prior to this, he was a foreign correspondent for Libération in China from 2000 to 2005, in Jerusalem from 1993 to 1995, and in South Africa from 1976 to 1980, and served as Head of the Foreign Correspondent Division from 1995 to 2000. Haski began his career as a journalist with the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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