02 May, 2022

Liberal Breakfast analyses the French election results

On 28 April, ALDE Party and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) hosted a Liberal Breakfast on the result of the French presidential elections.  

Fabienne Keller MEP, Quaestor of the European Parliament, and Eric Pestel, Secretary General of Association pour une Renaissance européenne Paris, shared their takes on the election results as well as what they mean for the European Union. The event was moderated by Jeanette Süß, European Affairs Manager at FNF. 

Keller stressed how central the European Union had been to Emmanuel Macron’s campaign and how “centrist, liberal ideas gained track” in French public opinion during the campaign. She highlighted, however, the worrying trend of Le Pen’s growing share of votes, particularly amongst the French middle class. 

Pestel meanwhile, emphasized that Macron’s attitude and ideals of disrupting the status quo at the European level was here to stay. “Everyone who is gathered around Macron are bound by a strong belief in Europe,” said Pastel.   

The event began with a presentation of the findings of an FNF study titled “Vive l’Europe - La politique européenne d’Emmanuel Macron”, which can be found here 

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