French election 2017

Elections 21-06-2017

Macron loses his three most Europhile ministers

Three of Emmanuel Macron’s ministers have resigned to protect the government from a potential scandal over the employment of assistants in the European Parliament. The former ALDE group MEPs anchored Macron’s government firmly on the European stage. EURATIV France reports.

Future EU 21-06-2017

Macron prepares for first EU summit as a free political agent

Right, left or centre? In preparation for his first EU summit as president of France, Emmanuel Macron has chosen not to throw his lot in with any political family. He has his own strategy and expectations are high all round. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

Macron shows the ‘Juncker dilemma’ does not exist

Europe needs serious reform if it is to avoid being turned into a mere museum for rich Chinese tourists. But it is clearly possible to be both European and succeed in the global economy, writes MEP Gunnar Hökmark.

Elections 20-06-2017

Macron’s Defence Minister, Syvie Goulard, resigns

France’s Defence Minister Sylvie Goulard resigned on Tuesday (20 June). The former MEP wanted to demonstrate her willingness to cooperate with an investigation into her party’s employment of assistants in the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 16-06-2017

Could proportional representation work for France?

France is mulling the introduction of proportional representation for its next legislative election. It could take inspiration from its European neighbours, all of which – bar the United Kingdom – use a version of PR. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Elections 14-06-2017

France set to enter world top ten for parliamentary gender balance

Currently 63rd in the global ranking, France could rise to second place in Europe for gender balance in parliament after the second round of the legislative election this Sunday (18 June). The first-round collapse of the traditional parties has cleared unprecedented space for female candidates. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 12-06-2017

Macron’s pro-EU party set for sweeping victory in French parliamentary election

President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party is set to trounce France's traditional main parties in a parliamentary election and secure a huge majority to push through his pro-business reforms, projections after the first round showed on Sunday (11 June).

Future EU 02-06-2017

All is not well in Europe, it’s time to stand up for it

Pulse of Europe? Do we need it? In the end, the French elections went OK: Marine Le Pen lost and pro-European President Emmanuel Macron won. So that’s that… Well, maybe it's not that simple, warns Utta Tuttlies.

Global Europe 30-05-2017

Ukraine, Russia and propaganda: Macron sets his red lines at Versailles

The presidents of France and Russia met at Versailles yesterday (29 May) in an attempt to inject some life into bilateral relations. An uncompromising Emmanuel Macron heavily criticised Russia’s propaganda outlets, Sputnik and Russia Today. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 25-05-2017

Macron’s party seen winning majority in French legislative elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win as much as a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, two polls showed on Wednesday (24 May).

Elections 19-05-2017

Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for Macron

A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary election, opinion polls indicated yesterday (18 May), as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.

Elections 19-05-2017

Tweets of the Week: Eurovision, Macron’s cabinet, and LGBTI rights

It’s EUTweets! Your weekly round up from the Brussels Bubble Twitterati.

Elections 17-05-2017

Tusk heads to Paris for first meeting with Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris today (17 May), the new leader's office said.

Elections 16-05-2017

Cédric Villani: ‘Germany is aware of how much it owes Macron’

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory has allayed German fears of Frexit. This should help to oil the wheels of cooperation between the EU’s power couple, Cédric Villani said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

Elections 16-05-2017

Macron, Merkel vow new momentum for Europe

France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 May) vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

Elections 15-05-2017

Macron takes over as president, promising to relaunch the EU

Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever president yesterday (14 May), promising at his inauguration to restore the country's lost confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union.

Future EU 12-05-2017

Macron, a promise for a new Europe

This 7 May could well mark the birth of a new Europe: becoming empowered, seeking out its true nature while remaining true to itself, taking clear-headed decisions, writes Antoine Ripoll.

Elections 12-05-2017

As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.

Macron, Europe Day, and Mariya Gabriel (Tweets of the Week, Ep. 2)
Elections 12-05-2017

Tweets of the Week: Macron, Europe Day, and Mariya Gabriel

Hello and welcome to this week’s Friday fun with EU Tweets. Of course, dominating the news this week is Emmanuel Macron’s presidential victory in France.

Elections 10-05-2017

Patriotisme à l’européenne: Can identity politics save the EU?

If identity politics are here to stay, Emmanuel Macron’s win in the French presidential election is the proof that far from being toxic, the European brand can actually carry the day, write Tom Parker and Leanda Barrington-Leach.

Elections 09-05-2017

Macron’s four European priorities

Europe was the subject that most influenced Emmanuel Macron’s voters in France’s presidential election. Naturally, this places the EU at the top of the new president’s list of priorities. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 09-05-2017

Back to the beginning: Hollande makes final foreign stop in Berlin

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande made an emotional final foreign trip on Monday (9 May) to Berlin, ahead of the transfer of power to his successor Emmanuel Macron next week.

Economic governance 08-05-2017

Juncker warns Macron French spend too much money

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (8 May) called on France's incoming president Emmanuel Macron to cut public spending, saying its current policies involved too much money going to wrong things.

Elections 08-05-2017

Roundly defeated, Le Pen promises extreme-right renewal

The National Front’s defeated presidential candidate has called for France’s patriots to come together ahead of legislative elections in June. The message went down well with her supporters last night (7 May), despite the tense atmosphere. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.