The French EU Presidency and Upcoming Elections in a Fragile International Context

France has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU since 1 January 2022, following Slovenia’s term. In a speech delivered on 9 December 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the necessity for a “European response” in facing both health and economic challenges, the rise of aggressive powers, climate change and global warming.

This EIAS Policy Brief analyzes France’s EU Presidency as regards economic and security policies, especially in view of the upcoming April 2022 presidential election. While economics, migrations and strategic independence have been put forward as the French presidency’s main pillars, Macron is also in need to address the EU’s external affairs, by maintaining a line of communication with Putin and other key actors in the context of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but also for instance in view of the developments in Myanmar, Afghanistan, or more recently in Kazakhstan. Indeed, while Macron’s main priority remains to deal with the Ukrainian crisis, the Indo-Pacific is still a key aspect on his agenda, as illustrated by the Ministerial Forum for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific which took place in Paris on 22 February 2022. You can read the Policy Brief here.

Authors: Bernat Pavon and Baptiste Dupont, EIAS Junior Researchers

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