November 2015


The U.S. Presidential Elections from a French Perspective


The 2016 presidential campaign is already well under way in the United States. With one year until the election, esteemed journalist and writer Christine Ockrent (1983 Young Leader) will join the French-American Foundation to discuss how the U.S. political system is perceived from France and how French media and the public view the U.S. election process. What do the French think of the United States' costly and ever-lengthening presidential campaigns? How do the French view the current slate of candidates? Which issues do the French consider the most important in the current American political debate? Upon his election, President Obama was widely popular in Europe, earning the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after coming into office; how might the upcoming change in the White House prefigure a change in the transatlantic relationship?

Christine Ockrent

Christine Ockrent is a columnist and writer based in Paris. She writes regularly on French, European and international issues for various European publications. She produces and anchors a weekly radio program on foreign affairs, "Affaires Etrangères", on France Culture public radio. She is a regular contributor to the BBC and other TV and radio networks.  

Previously she was COO of the French Radio and TV World service (France 24 and RFI). She was also editor in chief of the weekly news magazine, L'Express. Most of her career has been in television, both as producer of documentaries and anchor of the evening news, where she shaped a style as the first female presenter and editor. 

Ms. Ockrent was also deputy director general of TF1 Television and an editor with RTL Radio.She began her career in broadcast journalism at NBC News and worked for eight years at CBS' 60 Minutes. She has been awarded several French and international distinctions for her work in TV journalism. She is a graduate of the Institut d'études politiques in Paris and studied at Cambridge University. She has written 14 books and essays - ranging from a biography of Hillary Clinton to her latest investigation on Russian oligarchs and the Putin power system. 

She is on the board of Havas, the French-American Foundation--France, ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations), CER (Center for European reform) and Human Rights Watch France.


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