The Foreign Desk Live

The Foreign Desk Live

A Monocle 24 event

The French presidential election will have consequences far beyond the nation’s borders. Will the country elect the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen or can the centrist Emmanuel Macron turn back the populist tide?

Join Steve Bloomfield and a panel of opinionated guests as they discuss what the results mean for France – and the rest of the world. With the country still in a state of emergency, we’ll also discuss terrorism, Europe and the French economy.

Tickets include the new issue of Monocle, a glass of chilled white wine or beer, plus an hour of spirited political debate.

The Speakers

Florence Biedermann
London bureau chief, AFP
Biedermann has been AFP's London bureau chief since 2015, after previously serving in Paris as regional director for Europe Africa from 2012, and AFP global editor in chief from 2009. She has worked as a reporter for the agency in Bonn, Nicosia and Ankara.

Jonathan Fenby
Journalist and author
Fenby’s involvement with Europe dates back 12 years, having covered France and Germany for The Economist, The Times and Reuters; he has also written four books on France, most recently The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the War with Terror. He has been awarded both the French Legion of Honour and the French National Order of Merit.

Nabila Ramdani
Journalist and commentator
Ramdani is an award-winning French-Algerian journalist, columnist and broadcaster who specialises in French politics, Islamic affairs and the Arab world. She rose to prominence during her coverage of the Arab Spring as both an on-the-ground print reporter and a commentator on international TV and radio stations. She writes for a range of Fleet Street publications as well as The New York Times and French and Middle Eastern newspapers.

Claudia Chwalisz
Author and consultant at Populus
Chwalisz is a consultant at the polling and strategy consultancy Populus and a Crook public-service fellow at the University of Sheffield. An expert in populism, democracy and European politics, she is the author of The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change and The People’s Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-Making.


Thursday 11 May
18.30 arrival, with live discussion from 19.00 to 20.00​ and drinks afterwards.

Midori House, 1 Dorset Street, London, W1U 4EG

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