Global Week Talk: Oh Lord, Emmanuel! Macron’s Fall from Grace

30/11/2017, 18:00 - 18:45


As part of Global Week at Cardiff University, Dr Nick Parsons will deliver a repeat of his World Talk Lecture Series event about Emmanuel Macron’s fall from grace.

The World Talk Lecture Series is a new series of talks on topics of current interest in various countries around the world. The event is open to all to stimulate interest in, and gain a better understanding of, current political, social and cultural developments in foreign countries. The talks are approximately 45 minutes in length and are followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

In May 2017, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential elections with a large majority over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen, and his La République en Marche party followed this by securing a large majority in the French parliament. At the time, he was hailed as the saviour of France, and potentially of a Europe confronted with right-wing populism. Just a few months later, however, his popularity has dwindled and he is facing street protests. How can this be explained and what does it mean for his project to reform France and Europe?

Nick Parsons completed his PhD, comparing French and British industrial relations, at the London School of Economics. After teaching positions in several French and British universities, he joined the French Department in the University of Cardiff in 1991. He is now Reader in French and teaches courses on translation, French politics and the French labour movement. His research interests focus on French and European politics, industrial relations and social policy. He has published many book chapters and journal articles on these issues and is the author of French Industrial Relations in the New World Economy among other titles.

Global Week features a series of daily events that celebrate Cardiff University’s international diversity and global opportunities. Talks, fairs and seminars designed to be inspiring, engaging, informative and entertaining for students and staff.  Search ‘Global Week’ on the intranet for further information.

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