Elections_France_visual_ID2017 is an important year for European democracy. Elections will take place in several EU countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Given the rise of nationalist, anti-immigration parties across the continent (not to mention the shock Brexit and Trump votes in 2016), should Europe prepare itself for a populist upsurge?

In France, the far-right Front National (FN) has been doing very well in the polls. Could Emmanuel Macron win the French election? Has François Fillon’s campaign been irreparably damaged? Does Marine Le Pen have a chance at victory?

Debating Europe has been asking Europeans to share their thoughts and comments in a series of online debates titled ‘Elections 2017 – France’. We have been approaching politicians, economists, academics, and activists to respond to the comments of our audience, and to engage them in a debate.

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