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Analysis of the French Elections
- Guillaume Gerondeau
- Benjamin Lasry (Joining by live video)
- Regis Arnaud (Japan correspondent, Le Figaro and La Tribune)
On May 7, French voters elected Emmanuel Macron to the presidency. Though he was the most pro-EU, pro-globalization of all the candidates, in the first round nearly half of the voters chose politicians dedicated to upending the post-World War Two liberal order.
On May 17, we will hold a panel discussion with several experts to analyze the results of the election and to discuss its implications for Europe and the world in the wake of Brexit, the victory of Donald Trump, and the rise of extremism in many other western societies.
Note: All panelists will be speaking in their personal capacity, not on behalf of their employers.
Guillaume Gerondeau coordinates the local Tokyo committee of “En Marche!” the political movement created by Emmanuel Macron, which he set up in October 2016. He was the official representative delegate of Emmanuel Macron in Tokyo for the presidential election.
Guillaume Gerondeau is a Senior International Innovation, Product, Marketing, Sales Executive and Strategy Consultant who has worked for leading companies in Japan. He has lived more than 11 years in total in Japan. He was head of global product strategy and product planning and of brand strategy and global product marketing at 2 leading Japanese car manufacturers. He also served as senior advisor of an American strategy consulting firm. He is now Senior Director, of a leading software company. He is an expert in digital business transformation and smart mobility.
Joining by live video
Benjamin Lasry is a French political analyst based in London. He practiced law at Allen & Overy for six years, in London, Paris and Tokyo, where he specialized in energy and infrastructure projects. Benjamin currently works as a political analyst, covering the French elections at Greenmantle, a macroeconomic and political advisory firm. He holds a BA in European Studies from King’s College London, an International Program diploma from Sciences Po Paris, and an LLB from the University of Law in London.
Japan correspondent, Le Figaro and La Tribune
Régis Arnaud is the editor in chief of France Japon Eco and covers Japan for Le Figaro. He is also a regular contributor to Oriental Economist (suspended last month) and to Toyo Keizai. He is also a producer (Deguchinashi, 2006, Cut, 2011, Awaodori Paris, 2015). He wrote a novel, Tokyo c’est fini (1998).