Françoise Boucek

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    Put Le Pen and Macron to one side – it’s the June legislative elections that will decide how France is governed

Put Le Pen and Macron to one side – it’s the June legislative elections that will decide how France is governed

France is due to hold the first round of its presidential election on 23 April, with Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron currently predicted to make the second round of voting on 7 May. As Françoise Boucek writes, however, despite the presidential contest generating all of the headlines, the legislative elections scheduled for 11 and 18 June will be […]

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    Fillon vs Juppé: What policy differences are there between the French centre-right’s candidates?

Fillon vs Juppé: What policy differences are there between the French centre-right’s candidates?

In the first round of the primary to select the French centre-right’s candidate for the 2017 presidential election, François Fillon unexpectedly came out in first place, ahead of favourite Alain Juppé, and former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was subsequently eliminated. Françoise Boucek assesses the policy differences between Juppé and Fillon ahead of the second round due to be held […]

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    Sarkozy’s French local election victory sets the stage for the run up to the next presidential election

Sarkozy’s French local election victory sets the stage for the run up to the next presidential election

France held local elections on 22 and 29 March, with Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP receiving the largest share of the vote ahead of Marine Le Pen’s Front National. Françoise Boucek writes that while there is still a long way to go, the UMP’s success, combined with disappointing results for François Hollande’s Socialist Party, sets the stage for the next French […]

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    Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his intention to return to frontline politics by competing in the leadership contest for France’s main centre-right party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), in November. Françoise Boucek writes that while Sarkozy’s is unlikely to have much difficulty in winning the leadership election, the decision over the UMP’s candidate for the […]

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The UMP’s disputed leadership election could have important implications for democratic politics in France

Following their defeat in May’s Presidential election and the loss of their parliamentary majority in June’s legislative elections, this week saw France’s UMP party hold a leadership contest. The result, which was officially decided by less than a hundred votes, has been heavily disputed by the losing candidate, François Fillon. Françoise Boucek writes that the controversy threatens to factionalise the […]

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David Cameron is applying lessons from his party’s history in the Conservatives’ ‘Euro War’

This week sees the annual Conservative Party Conference, the lead up to which has been characterised by strong language from leader and UK Prime Minister David Cameron on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Françoise Boucek argues that Cameron’s management of dissent within his party, by seeking compromise and appeasing opponents, is based on lessons learned from the Conservatives internal […]

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Book Review: French Presidential Elections

This scientific survey of French presidential elections from 1988-2007 provides a new benchmark for the analysis of voting behaviour and election outcomes in presidential systems. Françoise Boucek finds that the book thus provides general evidence of change and continuity in contemporary French politics while avoiding French ‘exceptionalism’ which too often characterises volumes written by country specialists. French Presidential Elections. Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard […]

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After an inconclusive debate, on the final day of the French presidential election campaign, Hollande is still ahead

This Sunday sees incumbent French president Nicolas Sarkozy face off against his Socialist challenger François Hollande in the final round of the French election. After a debate this week where neither candidate was able to land a knockout blow, Françoise Boucek looks at polling for both candidates, finding that despite some positive perceptions of Sarkozy by the French public on competence […]

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The French elections are too close to call. Watch out left and right!

As part of EUROPP’s continuing series on the 2012 French presidential elections, Françoise Boucek looks at the economic policies of the two main candidates, incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist leader François Hollande, and finds that they both perpetuate the myth that France’s post-war social model can continue with only minor changes in the face of rising government debt and […]

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