Past Event

France Between Two Rounds: Analyzing the French Political Landscape

April 21, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Online Event | 1:00 p.m. (New York) | 7:00 p.m. (Paris)

2022 marks the third time in the last twenty years that a candidate of the far right has advanced to the second round of presidential elections. Many expect this contest between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to be closer than the last, noting the continued trend toward the extremes in French domestic politics and in Europe more generally. As France prepares to vote on April 24, this panel will will bring together experts on French society and the electoral process in order to analyze democratic transformations, electoral participation, the evolution of public opinion, the role of electoral promises and political polarization in France. This discussion will take place in English.

This event is jointly presented by Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Alliance Program, the European Institute, the Maison Française, and the Sciences Po American Foundation


Florence Haegel is Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po. She has been the head of the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics since January 2017 Her research focuses on political parties, politicization, political socialisation and participation. Her work on political parties deals more specifically with the transformation of the French right (Haegel, Les droites en fusion, 2012).

Isabelle Guinaudeau is a CNRS political scientist at the Centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux. Her research is at the juncture between electoral studies, public opinion and public policy. She is involved in several collaborative research projects on agenda-setting (Comparative Agendas Project ; Projet Agendas France) and was the principal investigator of the ANR project Partipol, a large project on partisanship in policymaking.

Vincent Tiberj is a University Professor and Researcher at Sciences Po Bordeaux. He is a specialist in electoral sociology and political psychology. He is particularly interested in the analysis of electoral behavior in France, Europe, and the United States, as well as in the way "ordinary" citizens reason, social and ethnic inequalities, and xenophobic prejudices. 

Alexis Buisson (Moderator) is the US correspondent of the French daily newspaper La Croix. He also works for several other French-speaking publications: Le Point, Télérama, Mediapart, La Tribune de Genève... From 2011 to 2019, he was the managing editor of French Morning, the news website of the French community in the United States with local editions in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Texas. He wrote a guide to moving to New York, "S'installer à New York", and is the author of an upcoming biography in French of vice-president Kamala Harris (to be published by Les éditions de l'Archipel). A graduate of Science Po Paris who spent his exchange year at Boston University, Alexis has been living in New York since 2007.