Fallout in France: Will the Left Return to Power?

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President Nicolas Sarkozy came in second in the first round of voting in France's presidential elections yesterday behind François Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate. If he loses in the second round of voting on May 6, as many predict, Sarkozy would be France's first one-term president in 31 years. Analysts see the vote as a rebuke to the center-right president's austerity policies as well as his governing style. What can Sarkozy can do in the weeks ahead to win back voters, especially the far right? What changes would a Socialist government bring? If Hollande wins, how will he deal with the Euro crisis? How will French-US relations change?



  • Philip Golub - American Universitiy of Paris - @AUPtweets
  • Dominique Moïsi - French Institute of International Relations / College of Europe - @IFRI_
  • Charles Kupchan - senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; professor of international affairs at Georgetown University; former member of the National Security Council for European Affairs under President Obama - @CFR_org
  • Richard Cleary - American Enterprise Institute


Sara Terry