Emmanuel Macron has won the French Presidential Election, making him the first French President to serve two terms since Jacques Chirac. Despite having beaten Marine Le Pen in the second round, the latter’s support has increased by nearly 10% and low turnout continues to plague the French electoral system. The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) organised the online debate: “The Implications of the French Presidential Election in the EU” on Tuesday 3 May 17:30-19:00 CET.
In the first half of 2022, the European Union finds itself at a crossroads. Two years of a global pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine have set into motion a major geopolitical crisis cutting to the very heart of EU policy. In parallel, heated debates on the EU’s response to climate change and the rule of law continue to question the Union’s values as well as capacity to cope with global challenges.
In such a context, strong European leadership and solidarity is badly needed in order to steer the continent through this period of crisis, and to establish it more firmly on the world stage.
In a rare occurrence, the French Presidential Election coincides with the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with considerable influence over the EU’s response to these crises. What implications will the election results have on EU policy? Will France’s role change in Europe? And what will Macron’s second term look like from a European perspective?
On May 3, TEPSA gathered five key experts to discuss the outcomes of the French Presidential Election on Europe and the wider world.
- Christine Roger, Director General Justice & Home Affairs, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU
- Olivier Rozenberg, Associate Professor, Sciences Po Paris
- Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Member of the European Parliament (France, Greens/EFA)
- Ophélie Omnes, Board Member, European Movement France
- Camille-Cerise Gessant, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Agence Europe
Has the election campaign influenced the political actions of the French Presidency? Which legislative file could be most impacted by the results national elections? What are the main lessons learned from the perceptions of the campaign in the EU institutions and other Member States? This online debate explored key challenges and opportunities in relation with the elections’ results and create a platform for the participants to engage with experts from the EU, academia, civil society and media. You can read our Twitter highlights of the event here.