Populism in France – 2014 European elections at stake

Research Paper by Mathieu Camescasse



After demonstrating strategies of populist political parties of only answering people’s personal beliefs and ideological preferences, historical circumstances will be analysed to explain the development of populist political parties in France and their particular progress during each European election, with a focus on Extreme-Right and Extreme-Left parties. Nevertheless, despite the media attention on a possible uprising risk of populism within the European Union, populist political parties will not have the capacity of blocking the European Union decision-making procedures and modifying the European Union structure. The French example of the Front National becoming the first political party at the upcoming European elections will not therefore have major consequences at the European level. Dissimilarities between populist political parties are therefore an obstacle for having greater influential roles and lower their ability to promote their aims and visions on Europe.