The French Election: Foreign and Security Policy Challenges For the Next President

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A conversation with Ambassador Sylvie Bermann, RUSI Trustee and former French Ambassador to the UK, on the major foreign and security policy challenges facing the next French President.

The French people are deciding in two rounds this month on whether to give President Emmanuel Macron a second five-year term or entrust a different candidate with the presidency. It is an unpredictable election, one that could mark a shift to the right in French politics if there is a surge of support for President Macron’s current top challenger, Marine Le Pen.

Ambassador Bermann will reflect on the challenges the next President will face, from handling the war in Ukraine, to developing critical partnerships with allies in the EU, NATO and other multilateral institutions.

Ambassador Sylvie Bermann held some of France’s top diplomatic posts, including those in Russia (2017-2019), the United Kingdom (2014-2017) and China (2011-2014).

The webinar will be moderated by The Lord Ricketts GCMG GCVO, RUSI’s Vice-Chair and former British Ambassador to France.

How to attend

This event is open to RUSI members only. To become a member, please click here. To take part you must pre-register no later than 28 April using the ‘Register’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Conor O'Shea, Events Manager, at

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