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France's Political Turbulence
Thu. 4 May 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
EU Centre at RMIT, Monash University European and EU Centre, and RMIT Centre for Communicaton, Politics and Culture.
In a year of political elections in Europe, the April 23 French presidential contest is closely scrutinised in the old continent and around the world. It is a new test for the future of Europe and its unpredictable democratic system.
The French election’s centre of attention is undoubtedly the fortune of the far-right National Front’s candidate, Marine Le Pen. Will Marine Le Pen translate her poll ratings into electoral success and make it to the second round? If she does, who will face her? Will it be the political newcomer Emmanuel Macron? And how about François Fillon, once regarded as a safe hands now embroiled in a major political scandal. Can France live up to its revolutionary history and deliver a totally unexpected political result?
In an election marked by uncertainties, there is one certainty: no matter the result in the April 23 election, the French political landscape will likely suffer a major earthquake.
On Friday 4 May 2017, the Monash European and EU Centre, the EU Centre at RMIT, and the RMIT Centre for Communications, Politics and Culture are joining force to organise a panel discussion on the future of French politics, the implications for Europe but also the Western world, more broadly.
Dr Natalie Doyle: Deputy Director, Monash European and EU Centre; and Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Monash University
Albert Lecoanet: Journalist and Foreign Correspondent at iTelevision/Canal Plus; and Intake Editor at Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Dr Maryse Helbert: Lecturer, Assistant Lecturer & Sessional Academic at the University of Melbourne