The French Presidential Election

Thursday, 29 March 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, IWM library

Political Salon

On April 22 and May 6th, the French will elect the man who, for the next 5 years, will be their president. Will Nicolas Sarkozy be reelected? Or will François Hollande be able to bring the socialist party back to the Elysée, 17 years after François Mitterrand? To what extent does Marine Le Pen’s extreme right weigh in? Why has the campaign been so verbally violent? How would the French choice impact common European issues?

Christine Ockrent
Columnist and writer, Paris
Christian Ultsch
Head of the Foreign Politics Department of Die Presse
Ivan Krastev
Chair of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia; Permanent Fellow, IWM

Christine Ockrent is a columnist and writer based in Paris. She writes regularly for the International Herald Tribune, El Pais, The Guardian, Gazeta Wyborcza, l’Espresso and various European newspapers.
Previously she was COO of the French Radio and TV World service (France 24 and RFI). She was also editor in chief of the weekly news magazine, L’Express.
She has done most of her career in television, both as producer of documentaries and anchor of the evening news, where she shaped a style as the first woman presentor and editor. She has been awarded several French and international distinctions for her work in TV journalism.
She is on the board of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations), CER (Center for European reform), and Human Rights Watch France.

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