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:
Can Sarkozy be beaten and why?
What have been the surprises of the presidential campaign so far?
What can we expect on the international scene from his main contenders, from socialist
Francois Hollande to extreme right Marine Le Pen?
Beyond the presidential election, can France, a country ridden by debt and public deficit, manage to avoid being pressured by the financial markets?
Is the Franco-German partnership within the EU real?
Is France a weakened country, with less and less effective diplomatic power?