French President Emmanuel Macron will probably be re-elected and French politics especially on the right are likely to be changed says Vincent Martigny – largely because of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The professor of political science at Sciences-Po Paris and author of a recent book on French identity assessed the outlook and significance of April’s presidential election in France at an AEJ UK online meeting on February 28 2022.
Martigny said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has probably washed away the French election campaign because all of Macron’s main opponents have previously supported Vladimir Putin and French public opinion is 99% against the war launched by him.
Marigny teaches French and comparative politics at the international research university Sciences-Po in Paris and at the University of Nice, and presents his own weekly political radio programme on France Culture. He spent several years doing postgraduate studies at Cambridge University and the LSE in London.
For more on his assessment please see this report from David Buchan, AEJ member and former Financial Times correspondent in Paris, Brussels and Washington, and this audio record of the meeting.