06 Feb 2014

The European Elections in France: The paradox of a more European yet more eurosceptic campaign

Vivien Pertusot / Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

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Despite the probable shift towards European rather than national issues in the European election campaign in France, the combined effects of the economic crisis and the unpopularity of political leaders could crystallise a ‘protest’ vote for both national and European leaders, and for the EU as a whole, explain the authors in this EPIN Commentary.

Vivien Pertusot is Head of the Brussels Office of the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) and Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer is a researcher at the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (CERFA) at Ifri in Paris.