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“I cannot prevent the French from being French.” - Charles de Gaulle
 
Politicizing terror: terrorism and the 2017 presidential race
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
25 July 2016 | General |
Since the Mohammed Mérah shootings in 2012, France’s politicians have mostly presented a united front against terror attacks. In contrast, political controversy has quickly erupted over the recent massacre in Nice on Bastille Day, no doubt to be fuelled further by the killing of a Catholic priest near Rouen.

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Hollande’s calculation behind the French socialist presidential primary
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
07 July 2016 | General |
France’s socialists have decided to hold a presidential primary in January 2017. This decision, taken by the PS national council on 18 June, and now endorsed by the President, means that François Hollande is the first incumbent in French history needing to win approval to seek re-election. This represents a ...

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Is the French 2017 presidential battle already over?
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
30 June 2016 | General |
With around a year to go until the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections in France, the main pressure-points for the likely candidates and their presidential party machines are already emerging. The mainstream right increasingly appears to be the inevitable victor of the 2017 races, with the Front National emerging as ...

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Estimating Marine Le Pen’s 2017 presidential vote share
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
03 June 2016 | Polls & Forecasts |
Less than a year before the 2017 French presidential race, speculation over Marine Le Pen’s likely performance continues. The FN leader is expected to thrive in the presidential election: the latest poll shows a new high for Le Pen in April’s first round, giving her 28% support and ...

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Walking a fine line? Hollande and the French Left
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
08 March 2016 | General |
French president François Hollande is seeking to reconcile two opposed goals: on the one hand, he must rebuild the unity of the French left to stand any chance of re-election in 2017; on the other hand, he must intensify his social-liberal agenda to curb France’s rising unemployment, which risks alienating ...

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All roads lead to Rome: French parties on the way to the 2017 presidentials
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
13 January 2016 | General |
Last year’s regional elections in France have set the terms of 2017’s Presidential race. Broadly, they confirmed the establishment of three blocs – the Moderate Left, around the Socialist Party (PS); the Moderate Right, around Sarkozy’s Republicans (LR); and, still in (in)glorious isolation on the Extreme Right, the Front national ...

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Ils ne passeront pas – the stemming of the FN tide in the regional run-offs
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
14 December 2015 | General |
The Front national (FN) in France has a problem. Despite topping the polls in half the regions in the first round of the regional elections, it was unable to convert a single one, even in a region – Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine – where the Socialist runner-up refused to stand down to allow ...

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The FN on the threshold of regional government
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
11 December 2015 | General |
Entirely as expected, the Front national (FN) has emerged as the most popular political party in the 2015 regional elections, winning 27.8% of the vote. With just over 6 million votes, the FN is nearing Marine Le Pen’s presidential high of 2012, besting all other election performances since 2010. ...

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Regional elections and the anti-Muslim backlash
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
05 December 2015 | General |
Local elections do not normally raise much interest within a country, let alone internationally. Low turnout, parochial issues and invisible national leaders all contribute to limiting the saliency of subnational ballots, compared with legislative or presidential races. Little could be further from the truth for Sunday’s regional elections in France, ...

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Politics in a time of war?
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
23 November 2015 | Events & Controversies |
The Paris attacks of 13 November have put France on a war footing. In the wake of the attacks carried out by the so-called Islamic State on bars, restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France, killing 129 people and wounding another 352, the political parties ...

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A right-wing landslide but no far-right tsunami: the departmental election run-off
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
30 March 2015 | General |
With all eyes inevitably on the crash of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, the second round of the 2015 departmental elections received relatively less media attention than would normally be the case. As we discussed in our previous post, much could be learned about ...

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The Front national is not France’s first party
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
23 March 2015 | General |
Coverage of the departmental elections during the campaign has been muted. For a new electoral level covering an entirely redistricted set of territories, and using a radical new tandem of male/female candidatures to ensure gender parity, the column inches devoted to the race were minimal in France, and almost ...

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What to expect in next month’s French departmental elections
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
27 February 2015 | General |
To date, the new departmental elections of March 2015 don’t seem to be triggering much interest among the French public. As we have discussed previously, there are many indications that these local elections will serve simply as a referendum on national politics and the government’s economic trajectory.

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Departmentals 2015: the new French elections no-one seems to care about
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
26 February 2015 | General |
In just under a month’s time, France will go to the polls for a new set of elections – the departmental elections. The ballot structure is new, the districts are new, and they will replace the entire set of sub-regional assemblies in a single, two-round ballot.

The ballot paper ...

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Beta-testing social-liberalism 2.0
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
18 September 2014 | General |
It is difficult to exaggerate the parlous state in which François Hollande and the left-wing government in France find themselves shortly after the rentrée politique. Whilst it was abundantly clearly that Hollande’s job after his victory in May 2012 would not be an easy one, the most pessimistic of commentators ...

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France’s new earthquake election? The FN in the European elections
By Jocelyn Evans, Gilles Ivaldi
26 May 2014 | General |
After 42 years, the FN has finally won a national election. After the earthquake of 21 April 2002, when Jean-Marie Le Pen progressed to the presidential run-off against Jacques Chirac, the party’s fortunes steadily declined to a European nadir of 6.3 per cent in 2009. But from that election onwards, ...

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Welcome to '500Signatures', for analysis and commentary on French politics and elections

This blog is produced by Jocelyn Evans (University of Leeds) and Gilles Ivaldi (University of Nice)

 
PREVIOUS POSTS
Politicizing terror: terrorism and the 2017 presidential race
Hollande’s calculation behind the French socialist presidential primary
Is the French 2017 presidential battle already over?
Estimating Marine Le Pen’s 2017 presidential vote share
Walking a fine line? Hollande and the French Left
All roads lead to Rome: French parties on the way to the 2017 presidentials
Ils ne passeront pas – the stemming of the FN tide in the regional run-offs
The FN on the threshold of regional government
Regional elections and the anti-Muslim backlash
Politics in a time of war?
A right-wing landslide but no far-right tsunami: the departmental election run-off
The Front national is not France’s first party
What to expect in next month’s French departmental elections
Departmentals 2015: the new French elections no-one seems to care about
Beta-testing social-liberalism 2.0
France’s new earthquake election? The FN in the European elections


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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jocelyn Evans [@JocelynAJEvans] is Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds

Gilles Ivaldi is a CNRS researcher in political science based at the University of Nice

 
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DATA

- Forecasting the FN vote in Second-Order elections (updated 12 May 2014)

- Forecasting the FN vote in Second-Order elections (Jan. 2014)

- Polling scores by polling type (CATI v CAWI) (updated 20 April 2012)

- Estimating Marine Le Pen's vote in the 2012 presidentials: an experiment (November 2011)

- Data for the 2011 expert forecast survey (in CSV file)

 

 


 
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