French Politics after Macron’s 2017 Election: Polarisation, De-alignment or the Illusion of Change?

Room: 
Ferrier Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 14:15 - 15:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Emily St Denny (University of Stirling)
Panel Members: 
  • Professor James Shields (Aston University)
  • Ms Marta Lorimer (London School of Economics)
  • Dr Nicholas Startin (University of Bath)
  • Dr Benoit Dillet (University of Bath)

With the election of Emmanuel Macron in May 2017, the political landscape appears to have changed dramatically. For some, the 2017 election has signalled the emergence of a new party system, with shift towards greater competition among four and potentially five major political parties (FN, LR, LRM, PS, FI). Others have pointed out that the dominant themes of the campaigns appeared to somewhat defy predictions: the issue of France's relationship with the European Union took centre-stage, while the question of national identity appeared only peripheral, despite a recent toughening of refugee resettlement policies and the shock of a terrorist attack during the last television debate, only three days before the first round.