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Evenings with An Author: Sophie Pedder, Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation
23 October 2018 @ 19 h 30 min
At a time when the forces of populism and nationalism are threatening the liberal order, France stands as a test case of whether the democratic centre can hold. Emmanuel Macron’s victory last year seemed to show that it was possible to fashion a pro-European centrist response. But if he cannot deliver, French voters may not give a liberal democrat another chance. What lessons can be learned from the French election about the nature of the political centre? Can President Macron really transform France?
Sophie Pedder has been The Economist’s Paris Bureau Chief since 2003 and is author of “Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation” (Bloomsbury, 2018), which includes an exclusive interview with the French president. She joined The Economist in 1990, and covered the end of apartheid during a posting to Johannesburg in the mid-1990s before returning to cover European politics from London. She is also the author of “Le déni français” (JC Lattès, 2012), and in 2006 won the David Watt prize for journalism. Sophie Pedder was educated at Oxford University and the University of Chicago, where she was a research assistant for William Julius Wilson on the Urban Family Life and Poverty Project.