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The Macron Phenomenon and Contemporary French Political Landscape Conference

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Event:
Reflect on the modern French view of politics and government

The Alliance Francaise de Brisbane in partnership with the Embassy of France in Australia have joined forces to present a most exciting conference on modern France entitled 'The Macron Phenomenon and Contemporary French Political Landscape'. This is the first in a new series of conference/debates called 'The French Australian Conversations' (FAC). The program has been launched by the Embassy of France in Australia and The Conversation website to set up a dialogue between interested French and Australian academics and members of the public on major relevant French/Australian topics of today.

This stimulating innovation is to be conducted in English and will be held at the premises of Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 1 September, 2017 commencing at 6.30pm.

Admission to what is sure to be a lively conference/debate is $25 for Alliance Francaise members and $30 for non-members. Make sure you don't miss out by purchasing your tickets on-line now:

Tickets include the pleasure of receiving and sipping on a glass of fine French wine.
Alliance Francaise, conference, French politics, government, macron, Arnaud Mercier, west end.


The Alliance Française de Brisbane is delighted to welcome French Professor Arnaud Mercier to Queensland for this fantastic opportunity for Brisbanites to discover or better understand the causes and effects of the current French political scene.

You will gain a perspective of the political crisis of trust the French people have developed with regards to politics in general and to the forces of government in particular. Voters' aspirations, described by one of the candidates (Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the extreme-left) as 'dégagisme', or 'get-outism', and borrowed from the Tunisian demonstrations during the Arab Spring, were strongly expressed during the recent presidential elections by abstention, voting for populist forces or by voting for Macron.

The phenomenon, who is Emmanuel Macron, emerged onto the political scene less than a year beforehand and had never been a candidate in any election. The election results embody an unprecedented form of protest voting from a citizenry committed to the European Union and culturally open and liberal in terms of social mores.

Macron's victory came as a surprise, and a relief for the continued construction of the European project. This has also found considerable enthusiasm generating outside France.

The current situation will, no doubt, bring some passionate views and counter- views leading to a very robust discussion. During the evening you will begin to understand the:
state of political disenchantment of today's French citizens;
motivations for the Macron vote;
sociological and ideological divisions of the country; and
partisan restructuring that is now at work.

Alliance Francaise, conference, French politics, government, macron, Arnaud Mercier, west end.
Leading the discussions will be Professor Arnaud Mercier. The professor has a PhD in political science and is Professor of Information and Political Communication at the University Paris 2 - Assas. He is also the President and Chairman of the board of the website, The Conversation France, and conducts research on journalism, social media in the electoral context and political communication. In 2016 he published, in co-direction, Political Campaigning on Twitter: the EU Elections 2014 in the Digital Public Sphere with Peter Lang.

Alliance Francaise, conference, French politics, government, macron, Arnaud Mercier, west end.
Keeping an Ozzie viewpoint on the podium is Joe Hardwick, lecturer in French in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland and the current coordinator of French at UQ. He teaches courses in the French language, literature, cinema as well as French and Francophone Cultural Studies. Joe is also a member of the board of the Alliance Française de Brisbane and has a passionate interest in all areas of French, European and Australian politics.

Alliance Francaise, conference, French politics, government, macron, Arnaud Mercier, west end.
For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: festival@afbrisbane.com or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's web page and its Facebook page to discover more of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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Why? Come and see if there is another French revolution on the way.
When: Friday, 1 September, 2017 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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