France: A Balancing Power on the Global Stage?

A Conversation with Thomas Gomart

Recorded in April 2018

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President Emmanuel Macron is the first foreign leader to be invited for a state visit to the US under the Trump administration. He is considered by many a visionary leader with big plans for his own country and for Europe. He started several reforms in French domestic policy, and his foreign policy is also ambitious.

In this episode of the Global Futures podcast Thorsten Benner from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) meets Thomas Gomart, director of the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), in Paris to discuss President Macron's foreign policy agenda, his priorities and interests, and what challenges France will face.

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