International relations and development cooperation: challenges and priorities for France

April 06, 2017, Paris

Conference debate organised by FERDI, IDDRI and IRIS

Thursday 06th of April 2017 from 10:15 to 12:15 AM Sciences Po Amphithéâtre Jean Moulin - 13, rue de l'Université - Paris 


Debate with representatives of the main presidential candidates on their international development and diplomacy program. Speakers: 

Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires , Emmanuel Macron's representative Yannick Jadot, Member of the European Parliament, Benoit Hamon's representative Bertrand Dutheil de la Rochère, Member of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, member of Marine Le Pen Strategy Committee Bernard Féraud, Jean-Luc Mélenchon's representative Représentant de François Fillon (tbc) 

Introduction :

Teresa Ribera, director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Moderators :

Bertrand Badie, Professor, Sciences Po Philippe Hugon, Director of Research, Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS) Tancrède Voituriez, Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) Christophe Angély, Director of Strategy, FERDI 


International issues are rarely addressed in presidential campaigns. Moreover, French foreign policy demonstrates a certain transpartisan continuity; differentiating little between parties, it is thus seen as being of relatively limited electoral interest. A number of key elements, and some more specific to the context, are nevertheless helping to make the 2017 election campaign an exception to this rule. To express this more concisely, the uncertainty surrounding the consequences of Brexit on the evolution of the European project, in particular in terms of migration management, the climate commitments made in Paris during COP21 and their implications, the unprecedented increase in inequalities and in a feeling of downgrading that has not been resolved in a satisfactory manner, and the commitments made regarding shared prosperity, both within and outside France and Europe, all set 2017 against a specific backdrop. For all of these topics, decisions have been made in the last five years that need to be pursued, amended or abandoned. Other decisions are expected and should shortly be announced.  

The conference will be structured around three topics, which will be discussed sequentially:

  • The new era of diplomacy 
  • International development, democracy and new cooperation