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A Panel Discussion on the Results of the Presidential Elections in France

On April 25, the Valdai Club hosted a panel discussion on the results of the presidential elections in France.


In the second round of the presidential elections in France on April 24, the nation will choose who will be president in the years to come. The main struggle will unfold between the current head of state Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who represents the National Rally party.
During the 2017 presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron won largely due to the rejection of the too-radical position of Marine Le Pen by French society and the degradation of the party system. Over the past five years, the situation in France, Europe and the world has changed dramatically — first under the influence of the pandemic, then as a result of the armed conflict that erupted in Eastern Europe. However, the fact that the same politicians are entering the “finals” of the race shows that French society is still more inertial than its external environment, and the political class does not offer new options.

Macron is the most energetic of European leaders to have attempted to resolve the military-political crisis in Ukraine. Will this help him in the domestic political context? How will relations between France and Russia develop if either frontrunner of the presidential race wins, and what will remain constant? What will be the role of France amid a rapidly changing situation? Participants in the discussion answered these and other questions.

Speakers:

  • Alexander Orlov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco (2008-2017)
  • Evgenia Obichkina, Professor of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia, MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
  • Jacques Sapir, professor of economics at the Paris School of Social Sciences (EHESS) and Moscow State University

Moderator: