So far, most polls are predicting a defeat for the incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. But his energetic campaign and his focus on the need for France to have a vigorous leadership may reap political reward.
Join the e-briefing with our Diplo Fellow Richard Werly live from the presidential campaign in Paris, where we will try to answer the following questions:
Join us on Wednesday 18 April at 13GMT
Attendance is free. Registration is now closed.