Are French Voters as Disillusioned as We Think?

French voters head into the most important presidential election in decades in a bad mood. They think their country is on the wrong track, they distrust European Union institutions and they suffer from an economy in malaise, as they like to put it.

Will that translate into votes for populist candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front? Yves Bardon, a researcher at Ipsos France, isn’t so sure. He calls it the “French paradox:” People are skeptical about their country’s future, but optimistic about their personal situation and their families.

Unemployment is way too high too, especially for youth. But some other European countries are worse.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.