Frankreich am Scheideweg? Ein Präsidentschaftswahlkampf zwischen Unvorhersehbarkeit und Europakritik (TruLies Blog by Carmen Gerstenmeyer)

"Elysee Palace, France" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by christoph.schrey

On 23 April 2017, eleven presi­dential candi­dates presented themselves for election to 47 million eligible French voters. The results carry a great impor­tance for both France and the whole of Europe. At the run-off on 7 May, for the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, no candidate of the two biggest parties will be repre­sented. The candi­dates in the run-off on entering the Elysée palace are those who had previ­ously been thought to have the best prospects: Marine Le Pen, party head of the right-wing extremist and anti-European Front National (FN), and Emmanuel Macron, progressive-liberal highflier, former economics minister and founder of the non-partisan movement En Marche! (Forward!). For the FN, which up until now could reach only the run-off once as an outsider in 2002, this year’s election could be the culmi­nation of a continued upwards trend since 2011.

Carmen Gersten­meyer studied European Affairs and Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and Freie Univer­sität Berlin and contributed as a student assistant to the research project „TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe“ at the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Carmen Gerstenmeyer‘s contri­bution can be found here.