On 31st March 2022, the Department of Government and Politics in UCC organised its fifth seminar on the French presidential election. On the previous four occasions, Professor Robert Elgie had been the keynote speaker and analysed the French political system’s development. To celebrate Professor Elgie, the seminar was renamed in his name by Professor John Cryan, Vice President for Research and Innovation, who had been inducted into the Royal Irish Academy on the same day as Robert.
The two-hour seminar, kindly supported by the PSAI, included three presentations. Dr Elodie Fabre form Queen’s Belfast University started by giving her analysis of the French party system from 2017 to 2022. The second speaker, Dr Donál Hassett, from the French Department in UCC, delivered his analysis of the ‘droitisation’ of French political life, one of the defining features of French political life in the last 20 years and its repercussions in the 2022 presidential election. Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan concluded the evening by reviewing the ways in which Europe can be seen as a structuring theme of the 2022 campaign.
The seminar was closed with Professor Gary Murphy sharing a few words on his dear friend and colleague, Professor Robert Elgie, without whom this UCC seminar would not existRead more