About: French Presidential Elections 2017

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.

Elections 08-05-2017

Macron, the Fifth Republic’s unusual eighth president

Just one year after making his big political gamble, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with more than 65% of the vote on Sunday (7 May). EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 04-05-2017

Jadot: ‘Macron and Le Pen are like Clinton and Trump’

Green presidential candidate Yannick Jadot has called for his supporters to back Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French election this Sunday (7 May). But the former banker's "technocratic" vision of Europe is unconvincing, Jadot told EURACTIV France.

Elections 04-05-2017

Presidential rivals clash in tempestuous final French TV debate

French centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen clashed over terrorism, the economy and Europe Wednesday (3 May) in a bad-tempered TV debate that laid bare their profoundly different visions for the country.

Elections 03-05-2017

Generation Macron: Young liberal EU leaders rally behind French ‘Kennedy’

If Emmanuel Macron wins Sunday's French presidential run-off (7 May) Europe's pro-EU liberals will finally have their champion.

Elections 02-05-2017

Macron pushes republican values, attacks National Front’s ‘lies’

At a rally of some 12,000 people in Paris yesterday (1 May), the presidential frontrunner confirmed his anti-National Front stance, denounced the illiberal regimes in Hungary, Poland and Russia and promised a new approach to CETA. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 02-05-2017

Pro-European feeling on the rise in France

European citizens feel more positively towards the European project than they did this time last year, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. The change has been particularly marked in France. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 28-04-2017

Goulard: Macron’s election will change Europe

If Emmanuel Macron wins the second round of the French election on 7 May, labour market reform, security and the migration crisis will become priority issues for the European Union.

Elections 27-04-2017

Future of the French deficit hangs on election result

Emmanuel Macron has promised to respect the EU’s budget rules, while Marine Le Pen has hardly mentioned the issue in her campaign. But Brussels is preparing for tough talks on the French deficit once the new president is elected. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 26-04-2017

French extreme-right woos Mélenchon voters ahead of election second round

Both candidates in the second round of France’s presidential election need the support of the country’s extreme left voters. To win them over, the National Front is highlighting the similarities between their candidate and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 25-04-2017

Investors cheer Macron, but worry about parliament backing

Financial investors say they trust centrist Emmanuel Macron to bring much-needed economic reform to France if he wins a presidential election runoff.

Elections 24-04-2017

French political class rallies behind Macron, against Le Pen

Politicians on both the right and the left have called on French voters to support Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election on 7 May. Most see Marine Le Pen’s anti-European programme as a threat to France's stability. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

Moscovici: French election ‘a referendum on Europe’

The French presidential election run-off will offer a clear-cut choice between two radically opposed visions of France and Europe, said EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, in an unusual departure from the reserve imposed on EU officials.

Elections 24-04-2017

EU a peripheral issue for some French voters

The future of the European Union has been at the heart of the French presidential debate. But for some voters it remained a peripheral issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

Europe speaks out against Le Pen

The second round of France’s presidential election will be a run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Across the EU, politicians have called on French voters to rally against the extreme-right candidate. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

Historic French election upheaval sets up second round clash over EU

The first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday (23 April) saw the traditional parties reduced to insignificance in a vote that exposed the country’s deep social divisions. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-04-2017

Young French voters seduced by extreme candidates despite EU stance

Young people are losing their trust in politics. While they tend to be overwhelmingly pro-European, many are seduced by the discourse of the extreme right or left of French politics. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 20-04-2017

Le Pen takes aim at EU flag

The National Front’s presidential candidate has made a symbolic scapegoat of the European flag during her campaign. Yet, the flag is not an official symbol under EU law. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 20-04-2017

Voters increasingly uneasy as French election draws near

A large proportion of French voters have yet to decide who they will back in the first round of the presidential election this Sunday (23 April). Experts see this as an indictment of the candidates’ persuasive powers. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 19-04-2017

French presidential candidates’ environmentalism often misses the point

Never before have so many presidential candidates taken such trouble to trumpet their environmental credentials. But this does not necessarily mean they know what environmentalism is all about. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Elections 18-04-2017

Le Pen, Macron and Mélenchon stage rival rallies in Paris

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, staged rival rallies in Paris on Monday, while outsider Mélenchon cruised through the capital on a barge.

Elections 10-04-2017

Far-left Melenchon’s surge shakes up French presidential race

French far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon drew tens of thousands of supporters to an open-air rally on Sunday (9 April), underlining his surging popularity just two weeks from the unpredictable election.

Elections 07-04-2017

Marine Le Pen loses bid to recover EU Parliament wages

An EU court on Thursday (6 April) rejected a request by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to halt the seizing of her European Parliament salary during an expenses inquiry.