Emmanuel Macron’s popularity slumped during the Gilet Jaune crisis in the winter 2018/2019. Macron’s recent moves aimed at addressing public grievances combined with increasing public disillusionment with the Gilet Jaune movement have, however, produced a revival in his political fortunes. The campaign for the European elections, temporarily suspended following the Notre Dame cathedral fire, will … Continue reading France: Macron Faces Tough Poll Fight with Le Pen’s National Rally in European Elections
On 25 May 2018 Marion Marechal Le Pen, the former National Front MP and niece of the party leader Marine le Pen, announced that she was changing her name. She would, she stated, from now on be called Marion Marechal.
March 2018 saw Vladimir Putin re-elected as Russian President. As he begins his new six year mandate he is, however, facing a series of inter-connected problems which are largely the product of the policies he has put in place, and which it seems he will find increasingly hard to manage using the political and military … Continue reading Russia: Putin’s Hollow Victory
A Move to the Right: On 10 December Laurent Wauquiez (born 1975), MP for Haute-Loire and President of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, was elected as the leader of the centre-right Republicans. He secured an overwhelming victory with 74.6% of the vote. The turn-out was, however, low with less than half the Republicans membership taking part in … Continue reading France: The Republicans Choose A New Leader
A Post-Election Hangover: On 7 May Marine Le Pen with 33.9% (10,630,475) of the vote was defeated by the centrist candidate for the French presidency, Emanuel Macron, with 66.1% of the vote (20,743, 128) Although Marine Le Pen had, once again, been defeated these numbers represented a significant advance on her last presidential bid, in … Continue reading France: What Now for the Populist Right?