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Pascal Lamy - World Trade Organization
In French politics, if you were neither right nor left you were nowhere. He has turned this into a
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Apr 29 2017
French politics has been commented on by 74 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about French politics are: Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Yves Camus, Michael Hewson and Natalie Nougayrède. For instance, the most recent quote from Emmanuel Macron is: “Extremism can only bring misfortune and division to France. We are clearly turning a page of French political life.”.
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Emmanuel Macron

In a year we have changed the face of French politics. The French people have expressed themselves. It is an honour and a responsibility. We are clearly turning a page of French political

Emmanuel Macron

We're turning a page in French political history. We can't respond with the same men and the same

Laurence Azzéna-Gougon

We were worrying about of course the Front National, but I'm pretty confident that if François Fillon wins the first round ... he will win the

Lukman Otunuga

Although Macron has been labelled as the favourite to become the next French President, an unexpected Marine Le Pen victory could deal a symbolic blow to the unity of the European Union and ultimately create a tidal wave of risk

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

An interesting feature of the current upswing is that the positive momentum is broadly spread across most euro zone countries and not only driven by a few strong ones. Even though on the eve of the first round of the French elections a good portion of caution is recommendable, evidence is piling up that the euro zone economy could become the positive growth surprise of the

Bernard Cazeneuve

The Front National candidate, just like every attack seeks to divide and manipulate. She is shameless trying to exploit fear and emotion to exclusively political

Richard Burr

I think it's safe to say by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French

Harold Blanot

This is forgotten France. The real misery is in the countryside. In Nièvre and Morvan a few decades ago, there was small industry – manufacturing, charcuterie, textiles. It has slowly shut … The Socialists have been here since after the war, but it has led to disaster... People want to turn the page and the solutions the Front National are proposing are having an

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

We can actually celebrate a Fillon or a Macron victory because it would be a real change in complexion in terms of the business attitude in French

Gilles Ivaldi

When people think of the Front National, it's really about the policies and extremist background. The candidate doesn't really

Vasileios Gkionakis - UniCredit Group

Once the French elections have concluded – and assuming that Ms. Le Pen does not make it to Elysee – the political risk premium currently embedded in the euro should be priced out. Based on real rate differentials, EUR-GBP is now trading around 6% lower than it should, most likely due to the election uncertainty in France. So, when the latter is priced-out we would expect a swift reversal towards the 0.88-0.90

Benjamin Haddad

A Melenchon or a Le Pen victory would clearly mean the end of the EU. The French President has much more power than the American president… there's far fewer checks and balances. So the impact on the way society is organized and how institutions function, as well on fiscal policy, immigration, the EU and foreign policy would be

Emmanuel Rivière - TNS Sofres

If there is a Trump effect on the campaign, it is that in many minds, it's assumed that anything is possible. It's not unreasonable to have a victory of a candidate who is improbably excessive, and unexpected. We are in a very unprecedented moment in French politics. This presidential term will be something we have never seen

Sébastien Grislain

French politics has become Americanised and the campaign is only dealing with superficial

Giles Merritt - Friends of Europe

Without the European Parliament, you wouldn't have a UKIP or a Front National as powerful and cohesive as they are now. But the fact they were able to get substantial numbers of people in parliament, and through that, funding, that has been significant in the whole populist

Alvin Tan

Obviously the French political risk concerns are quite large. If we continue to see Melenchon improving his position in the polls into the first round, it will weaken the euro and that will weaken euro/

Wolfgang Schäuble

We need a pro-European France. I hope Le Pen does not become French president. There is a danger in simplifications and falsifications which make people look at the ... speaker rather than the content of what he is

Ned Rumpeltin - TD Securities

It's a relatively modest reaction but there is a lot of geopolitical risk in global markets at the moment. There is Syria, there is more uncertainty about the U.S. economy after relatively weak jobs numbers and we have French elections coming

Natalie Nougayrède

The presidential favourite has chosen a difficult time to recast France as a diverse, inclusive nation. At age 39, Emmanuel Macron is a breath of fresh air in French politics. But can he convince enough voters that he can take France into a 21st century of openness and confident, diverse modernity? With the spectre of Marine Le Pen looming, a lot seems to rest on one young face, just two weeks ahead of a presidential election set to define not just the fate of France’s democracy but also the future of much of

Luca Paolini - Pictet Asset Management

It's not just about Syria, it's also about North Korea, it's about the French elections, it's also about the fact that Trump's administration will probably not be able to deliver all the tax cuts they've promised. It's a number of factors and while markets are quite expensive we still feel that as long as payrolls are actually okay, U.S. growth is accelerating, we will continue to see the markets go

Daniel Vaissier

When he (Briois) arrived in 2014, it was the Socialist Party at the helm, and Hénin-Beaumont had a lot of difficulties, now Mr. Briois put things right … I say that the Front National is today able to do the same thing on a national

Bob Janjuah

Some kind of tax reform bill will have to be delivered in the next few months, the market will like that. I think what the market will come and say is, Is that it? Market-wise the belly of this year could be OK. We could get a decent positive re-pricing of equities in Europe post French elections. I think the market will assume their version of Trump reflation will be a (Emmanuel) Macron plus (Martin) Schulz type of

Gerard Araud

That'll be the real significance of the French elections: the survival or the demise of the

Wayne Gordon - UBS

In the short term, the French elections make a bit of a mess of the European story. So all of a sudden you get this Goldilocks scenarios for Europe where the data is better, the macro looks better, the risk has come off because you no longer have this challenge of a potential very important election in France. And so then that's when see really the euro-dollar getting some traction

Raphaël Glucksmann

They've reached this point ... hooked nose, the alliance of capitalism and Bolsheviks (the red sickle and the cigar) ... Even the [far-right Front National] wouldn't

Natalie Nougayrède

France is a country beset by scandals and security fears – and with the mainstream parties crumbling, anything is possible. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party has never been closer to power. That is not to say she will be elected president in May. When in 1962 Charles de Gaulle introduced direct universal suffrage for the presidential election, he cushioned it with a two-round voting system in which a 50% majority is required in the runoff. Le Pen seems set to pass the first hurdle, but not the second. In that case, the biggest danger lies not so much in her entering the Elysée Palace, but in her party becoming the largest opposition force in the National Assembly after the parliamentary elections in June. But don’t be mistaken, a worst-case scenario is

Alain Juppé

I don't intent to engage in partisan bargaining for positions. I'm not in a position today to achieve the required unity behind a unifying project. I confirm, once and for all, that I will not bid for French

Franck Debeaupuis

It's part of French political life. It always has

Emmanuel Macron

The step that was taken, our common decision on an alliance that we took together is, in my opinion, a real turning point not only for this campaign, but also for the French political life, because it shows the capacity to go beyond classical divisions of our political

Karl Steiner

What we have seen later yesterday and this morning is some euro strength. It will be interesting to see if the euro continues to be dominated by French politics. That has certainly been the case in the last few

Ric Spooner - CMC Markets

U.S. stock markets are currently a great example of the old trading adage that the trend is your friend. The slide in the euro as Marie Le Penn's polls improve was the other key feature of international markets last night and is an early indicator that French elections could loom larger on the market radar over coming

Diego Iscaro

Most polls suggest the Front National will lose the election. That said, polls have been wrong recently, so we have to take it with a pinch of

Diego Iscaro

Again, it's not impossible, but it's also not a done deal that if the Front National win, that France will

Gavin Friend - National Australia Bank

The French political noise has brought the euro down and that has given the dollar a reprieve, . Markets know that if Trump was to come out and start talking about tax reform and infrastructure spending, the dollar would go up. The dollar rose a long way at the end of last year, it has come back, now we are sitting around waiting for the next

James Woods - Rivkin Securities

The market is clearly pricing in a degree of uncertainty around the French elections, although that's not to say that the market is pricing in some type of shock political

Kim Pessala - Evli Bank

We're leaning towards possibly increasing our exposure to European equities as many things look good, but there are two big uncertainties: Trump and the French

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

European markets have really struggled to make any headway today with investors once again reluctant to try their luck against a backdrop of rising political risk. Narrowing opinion polls in Germany eroding Angela Merkel's lead, along with Marine Le Pen launching her bid for French president at the weekend, has seen European stocks roll over, and that's after the geopolitics surrounding US President Donald

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

The December decision has put the ECB on autopilot at least until the summer and until after the Dutch and French elections. This autopilot should also immunize the ECB against short-term volatility in macro

Douglas Webber

It is true that she's expanded the support of the Front National very successfully in the course of the last five or six years since she controlled the party, but I think still for a great majority of French voters and citizens, the Front national remains a rather frightening political

Kit Juckes

My overall sense is that we'll start the year eking out further gains from the post-Trump trends, before we get a change of tack. I reckon dollar-yen will get as high as it can relatively early in the year, the euro as low as it can by the time of the French elections in May and Treasury yields may get as high as they can sometime soon after

Scott Thiel - BlackRock

In my mind the French elections are obviously the most

Kit Juckes

A bit of a euro short-covering rally overnight changes nothing. The $1.0580 area where the last two euro falls have found resistance is the next key support. There's a huge dose of political concern to keep the pressure on the euro ahead of the Italian referendum on 4 Dec, and perhaps ahead of French elections next year

Su-Lin Ong - RBC

The move coincided with an FT (Financial Times) story about French President Hollande demanding tough Brexit negotiations.The move was exacerbated once stops were tripped below a key level of US$1.2600 in very thin trading before the U.S.

Anna Soubry

Triggering Brexit as early as March really concerns me, troubles me hugely, because we won't have had the French elections, we won't have had the German elections, and I'm sorry, it is going to take a lot of time and effort to disentangle ourselves and get the right

Frédéric Chatillon

Obviously, the Front National has nothing to do with this private affair, neither directly or

Giovanni Grevi

We have in France, the Front National. We have a debate on that in Italy. We have a strong debate in the UK. It is going to be very, very

Michael Leigh

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande share some of Cameron's reform goals on immigration, the single market, and labor law but will not pay any price to keep Britain inside the

Matthew Moran

They are policies that one would more usually expect to see come from more right-wing political groupings and this is an indication of the cumulative effect of the attacks in 2015 on the political landscape in France. President Hollande is now competing with Nicolas Sarkozy on Sarkozy's natural battleground – security – and the broader shift to the right is playing into the hands of the Front

Jean-Yves Camus

2017 is far away and we don't yet know who the candidates will be except, of course, for the Front National. It has a small advantage since the party won't be holding primaries. There's no contest over who will represent it. The election remains open on the right and, in any case, if the presidential election were to be held today, Marine Le Pen wouldn't

Jean-Yves Camus

So, on the one hand we have institutions made for a simple, left-right split in political life. And on the other, the Front National, which is growing and, little-by-little, has led to the existence of three – rather than two – political forces, which split the cake into fairly even pieces. That means, eventually, French politics may go through a major

Bernard Thibault

The French president is making the wrong analysis of the situation to justify – or try to justify – unemployment figures, that it would be the employees fault who would cost too

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Where the Front National is ready to prevail in the second round, the left and the right are responsible for creating the conditions to prevent

Marine Le Pen

The Front National success signifies a national force and also, from now on, a great local force. It's a vote calling for us to grow roots in all the territories of the Republic, to prepare for tomorrow's

Frédéric Badi

The left lost badly except in a few strongholds. The Front National only ran in 600 cities; this means only one French voter in three had the chance to vote FN. The five percent score it got across the country is an illusion compared to its real

François Copé

Round two should switch from yellow card to red card; women and men who voted for the Front National, next Sunday should massively go over to UMP candidates to really make their opposition to the left

Nigel Farage

Because we feel that their politics, whether their leaderships reflect it or not, within those parties, the Front National certainly, there are still elements of the old anti-Semitic brigade and that's of no interest to

Sadou Diallo

I want to thank the French president who answered the call of my

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre

Of course it is a political trial, the proof is the condition of the abduction, illegal abduction, by the French political police, from

Paulo Cento

As for the French president, this is a humane gesture, considering the health of Marina Petrella the victims families should be on the side of law and order and vendetta serves no purpose. We must leave these dark times behind

Thorbjoern Jagland

The presence here today of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande make this day very particular, symbolic for all of us I

Dominique Moisi

They have given a terrible image of themselves by giving precedence to personal rivalries over national unity and the party. Whoever is secretary general after these elections is extremely weak, extremely discredited, and is confronting a very strong French

Angela Merkel

I support, as the French president does, the idea that the necessary interest payments for the debt be paid into a separate account so that it can be sure that Greece has the money available at all

Francois Chaulet

While we still don't know the total cost of rescuing, for example, Dexia bank, the agency is being specifically cautious about France. Then there are a lot of individual things that are specific to France – a government that's made particular announcements, let's say first of all, to slightly reduce the deficit. We've seen the need several times to go back to the drawing board to find other sources of savings. It's not certain that between now and the next French elections there won't be the need for more reassuring measures vis-à-vis this

Julia De Clerck

Even if the Lisbon Treaty isn't ratified – I mean the enlargement process has been going on under the Nice treaty so far with ups and downs – the problem is really political that we heard both from French President Nicloa Sarkozy and from Angela Merkel in Germany, who has just started the second term, that they don't want enlargement to proceed unless the Lisbon Treaty is ratified – unless institutional reform is dealt

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The French president visits Armenia and from there makes biased recommendations to Turkey, using the question for electoral

Marine Le Pen

The Front National has demonstrated today that people subscribe to this movement's ideas. I believe that no one can say otherwise. Our voters want our candidates, to defend their ideas, therefore our

Martial Foucault

I think it's too early to know if France has abandoned its two-party- right-left system. Let's see the results of the European elections before judging whether Marine Le Pen's politics have borne fruit. At the end of May, we'll see if the Front National achieves a high score. We mustn't forget that the European elections are decided by proportional representation, which gives a clear advantage to small parties such as the FN. I think that, come May, we'll see if there's a third political force on the French political

Gordon Johndroe

The President spoke by phone to French President Sarkozy….feedback

Giovanni Magi

Old-fashioned investigative journalism has caused a real political earthquake, a tremor that will have unpredictable consequences not only on the government in power, but probably the entire French political

Nikolaus Blome - Spiegel Gruppe

We'll have to see. I think that, more than ever, she has to call the shots in Europe because other heads of state or government such as French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have lost a lot of ground at home in these European elections. Other parties, especially eurosceptic ones, have taken over, such as the National Front in France or UKIP in Britain, which weakens the two men. The tables have turned, and that will make it even harder to find a

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

What the French president presented yesterday is first of all courageous and second, in my view, the reporting of it did not get the attention it merited because of other topics which were allegedly

Jean-Yves Le Drian

There are raids happening at the moment, there will be more this afternoon and tomorrow. The determination of the French President is absolute: we must eradicate this terrorism that could threaten the security of Mali, the security of our country (France) and of

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

I can't be more specific yet, but the French president gave a very clear indication during his state visit to London about the possibility of France increasing the number of its already considerable force in Afghanistan and I know other nations also are trying to increase the number of

Michael Sapin

He was a great CEO, and also a great personality. I would say almost a big mouth, with a capacity to speak his mind, without any fear of bothering whoever he was speaking to, whoever they were, heads of states, big CEOs or French political leaders, to whom he knew how to speak

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

And now a question from Samer Chaloub, who asks how policies and reforms can help in the fight against racistm. You were very critical of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, do you think François Hollande is doing better?feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

There's a lot of uncertainty with how a new French president would change the political dynamic between Germany and France. I mean, Mr Hollande has already said he wants to renegotiate the fiscal compact, Angela Merkel has implicitly ruled that out. He's also gone on record as saying that he wants to raise the minimum wage and reduce the retirement age, well that's really going to grate with

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