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 Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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