A Europe for Citizens: France’s Response

IIEA2nd April 20191min
In his keynote address, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, argues that the global appetite for multilateral cooperation is waning, and he discusses the French government’s response to this trend.



In his address to the IIEA, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, argues that the global appetite for multilateral cooperation is waning. In his view, globalism has become the new ‘scarecrow’, fostering populist arguments to “take back control”. He describes the French Government’s response to this trend. He will argues that policymakers should better address citizens’ concerns, as most current multilateral policies are in practice, deeply intertwined with domestic politics.

About the Speaker:

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to this, Mr Lafont Rapnouil was Assistant Director of the Political Affairs Division of the Department for UN affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he held various postings within the French diplomatic service, including in Washington. Manuel Lafont Rapnouil was also a rapporteur for both French White papers on Defence and National Security and on Foreign and European Policy (2008). From 2008 to 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank.