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France's snap election: Understanding why Macron took the risk
France's snap election: Understanding why Macron took the risk | Mark Carney | GZERO World

France's snap election: Understanding why Macron took the risk

With Emmanuel Macron’s approval ratings at a historic low, and far-right parties gaining popularity, could France’s upcoming election be its own “Brexit” moment? Mark Carney, former governor of the Banks of England and Canada and current UN Special Envoy on Climate Action & Finance, joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to discuss snap elections in the UK and France, the complexities of Brexit, and its ongoing impact on domestic politics in Europe.

“There are a wide range of aspects of the UK-European relationship which don't work,” Carney says, “There's massive red tape, for example, in agricultural products, massive red tape and delays at the border, the inner workings of a very interconnected financial system.”

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Ian Explains: How political chaos in the UK, France, & Canada impacts the US
How political chaos in the UK, France, & Canada impacts the US | Ian Bremmer Explains | GZERO World

Ian Explains: How political chaos in the UK, France, & Canada impacts the US

Big political changes are coming in Western democracies, is the US ready to deal with the fallout? Voters in the United Kingdom and France will head to the polls in the coming weeks after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron called snap national elections. Both political gambles could have a huge impact on everything from the West’s collective ability to deal with climate change to the AI revolution and countering China’s growing influence.

On Ian Explains, Ian Bremmer breaks down the tumultuous landscapes of French and British politics right now, with an eye on upcoming elections in Canada and the United States.

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Macron's snap election gamble will have repercussions for France and EU
Macron's snap election gamble will have repercussions for France and EU | Europe In :60

Macron's snap election gamble will have repercussions for France and EU

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, shares his perspective on European politics from Tabiano Castello, Italy.

Did French President Emmanuel Macron make a grave mistake by calling for parliamentary elections now?

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Kylian Mbappé of France during the UEFA Euro 2024 Football Championship match between Austria and France on June 17, 2024

Footballer Kylian Mbappé attacks France’s far right

Besides correctly pronouncing croissant, winning the Euros is about the only thing the French can agree on. But on the eve of his country's first game, Kylian Mbappé, arguably the best player of his generation, used his spotlight to turn the nation's attention away from the field and toward the ballot box.
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Eric Ciotti speaks to media in front of the LR heaquarters in Paris, France on June 11, 2024. The president of the Republicains, Eric Ciotti, announced on TF1 on Tuesday 11 June that he would like his party to form an alliance with the Rassemblement National for the legislative elections.

Photo by Eliot Blondet/ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters

France’s center right splits over cooperating with Le Pen

The leader of France’s center-right party, Les Republicains, set off a firestorm on Tuesday by suggesting he would be open to an alliance with the far-right National Rally in upcoming snap elections. Éric Ciotti said his party’s dismal performance in European parliament elections over the weekend — fifth place, and just six seats — meant he felt obligated to work with Marine Le Pen to fend off the “threat to the nation” from the left wing and centrist parties.

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European Elections: What to expect
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European Elections: What to expect

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, shares his perspective on European politics from Stockholm, Sweden.

What are the prospects for the European elections later this week?

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Will Macron’s moves regain him popularity in France?
Will Macron’s moves regain him popularity in France? | Europe In :60

Will Macron’s moves regain him popularity in France?

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics.

Will President Macron, with his new government, succeed in relaunching himself in terms of popularity? It remains to be seen, but I think the odds are there. He clearly faces an uphill battle against the more nationalist forces in Le Pen prior to the European Parliament elections in late May, early June. And that is critical for him. His opinion poll standing is fairly low right now. He really needs to do better in European Parliament elections. And I think, yep, he might do it, but it remains to be seen.
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Luisa Vieira

The Graphic Truth: French Parliamentary districts overseas

For citizens of most democracies, moving overseas usually means losing some political representation back home. For example, Americans abroad can still vote in their home states – but it’s not as though any senators or representatives feel particularly beholden to the expat constituency.

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