Why the French presidential election should matter to Britain
Next week sees what the French call la rentrée – the return – when French schools re-open, the July and August holidays fade, and the political season blossoms again. From now until April the only political story there will be is who is going to be the next President of France.
s despatch of Trump and the imminent
next month of a pragmatic continuity coalition government in Germany (even if not headed by a Christian Democratic
), the choice of the next French President
is a vital question
. It is vital for Europe, for Brexit Britain, and for the new geopolitics now painfully being born, after the failure of early 21st-century military interventions by the democracies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
France remains a permanent member of the UN security council and, with Britain, France is Europe’s…