|Tuesday, April 4, 2017||4:30PM - 6:00PM||108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place|
This year’s French presidential election will have a decisive influence on the future of France and Europe. The outcome could determine whether France remains in the European Union, which is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. The political parties that have dominated French politics during that period may not make it into the runoff, leaving the final contest between a 39-year-old political newcomer and a right-wing populist. The repercussions of this election for Europe and the world are likely to be far more significant than the Brexit vote last June. The talk will explain how France reached this point, examine the positions of the five leading candidates, and consider the possible outcomes and consequences.
Arthur Goldhammer is a Senior Affiliate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He writes widely on French culture and politics for publications such as The Nation, The American Prospect, Democracy Journal, Foreign Policy, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and serves on the editorial boards of French Politics, Culture and Society, and The Tocqueville Review. He is the author of a novel, Shooting War, and the translator of 125 books from the French, for which he has won numerous awards. He is an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters and holds a BS and Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.
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