French Elections 2017: Expert Interview with Régis Genté

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“We underestimate how strongly [Marine] Le Pen is supported within the population. She has a very serious chance to win.”

Régis Genté is a French journalist who has covered the former Soviet Union since 2002, writing for publications including Le Figaro and Radio France Internationale. He has published two books, Voyage au pays des Abkhazes (2011) and Poutine et le Caucase (2014). 

Genté was kind enough to sit down with us and answer questions about Georgia’s position in French foreign policy debates as well as the impact this year’s French presidential elections will have on France, Georgia, and beyond.

Below is a transcript of our discussion:

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