About: French Presidential 2007

Elections 18-06-2007

Sarkozy wins majority but no landslide victory

President Nicolas Sarkozy has won a clear majority in the French parliamentary elections to back his reform agenda but the Socialists fared better than expected, placing the opposition on a stronger foothold than in the previous parliament.
Elections 07-05-2007

European leaders react to Sarkozy’s election

As Angela Merkel, George W. Bush and Tony Blair lined up to congratulate Sarkozy on his victory in the French presidential run-off, in Turkey, a sense of foreboding prevails as his win threatens to upset already rocky EU-accession negotiations.
Elections 07-05-2007

EU Policy in the French Presidential Elections

Joachim Schild and Julia Simon (Institute of Political Science at the University of Trier in Germany) take a close look at the partly opposed partly similar approaches of the two final candidates for the French presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP) and Ségolène Royal (PS), and to what extent European policy is part of their election campaigns.
Elections 07-05-2007

Sarkozy: ‘France is back in Europe’

A clear victory for Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential run-off has reassured those hoping a quick fix to the EU’s institutional impasse. But it also came with a warning as the new president-elect summoned the EU to hear voters’ call for greater protection against globalisation.
Elections 03-05-2007

French candidates clash on TV

Presidential hopefuls traded verbal blows on a host of issues ranging from employment to nuclear energy and Europe in a live debate on French TV seen as decisive ahead of the run-off on 6 May.
Elections 23-04-2007

Sarkozy and Royal prepare for presidential run-off

With a turnout at close to 85%, participation came out as the big winner in the first round of the French presidential election, which saw the far-right's support tumble and centrist leader François Bayrou emerge as the 'third man'. Royal was the only remaining contender to mention Europe in the speeches that followed the publication of results.
Elections 23-04-2007

Europe on tenterhooks over French vote

Europe's leaders are jittery over the second round of elections in France, as Sarkozy and Royal offer very different EU approaches. 
Elections 17-04-2007

French presidential elections from an EU perspective

Frédéric Allemand (Institute of Political Studies, Paris) details EU policy stances expressed by the six candidates from the main political parties and draws up a useful comparison table.
Elections 17-04-2007

Fitoussi on European issues in French presidential elections

Growing Euroscepticism in France is fuelled by insufficient EU co-operation in areas such as exchange rates, tax and social policy, says leading academic Jean-Paul Fitoussi in an interview ahead of the presidential elections in April-May 2007.
Elections 17-04-2007

Interview: Top French economist slams ‘dogmatic’ EU

Growing Euroscepticism in France is fuelled by insufficient EU co-operation in areas such as exchange rates, tax and social policy, says leading academic Jean-Paul Fitoussi in an interview ahead of the presidential elections in April-May 2007.
Elections 13-03-2007

Press offer mixed farewell to Chirac

In a TV speech announcing his departure from politics, French President Jacques Chirac urged Europe to pursue the path of integration and reject nationalism - the press were hard on the French leader's record after 40 years of political life.
Elections 23-02-2007

Sarkozy wants ‘protective EU’ to offset globalisation

The current poll leader for the French presidential election, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, has reiterated criticism of "fiscal" and "social" dumping inside the EU's borders and pleaded for stronger political control over the European Central Bank.
Elections 21-02-2007

Interview: ‘French campaign lacking EU substance’

Presidential hopefuls, left and right, are steering clear of crucial EU debates in a campaign marked by calls for increased protection from Europe, says Philippe Herzog in an interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 17-11-2006

Euro-pragmatic Royal wins Socialist nod for presidential elections

Ségolène Royal won a resounding victory in a vote to determine the socialist candidate for the 2007 Presidential election in France. She recently took a critical stance on Europe saying it failed to deliver on social issues and promised more pragmatic policies.
Elections 13-11-2006

Sarkozy: ‘Europe needs protection’

Globalisation is not a fatality for France, said French Presidential-hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy, but he attacked Brussels for not doing enough to protect jobs in Europe.
Elections 12-10-2006

Ségolène reveals EU vision

In a speech, Ségolène Royal unveiled her vision of a pragmatic EU based on environmental policies, social protection and research to win the Socialist's support in view of the French Presidential elections next year.
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