Articles by Renaud Thillaye
Renaud Thillaye is deputy director of Policy Network

A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Harsh truths for French Socialists

Renaud Thillaye  |  15 December 2015

It has been a good week for François Hollande. On the weekend, a ‘historic’ deal was reached at the Paris climate summit, which earned French diplomacy a lot of praise. On Sunday evening, the final outcome of the French regional elections were much better than expected, with five wins out of 13 new ‘big’ regions, …

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After Paris, progressives must avoid simplistic narratives

Renaud Thillaye  |  19 November 2015

In January, the French thought they seen the worst after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher killings. The success of the 11 January mass solidarity march gave hope that the country – and the world – would stand united and overcome the sorrow with dignity. A number of measures were announced – and quickly adopted …

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Labour should champion an EU agenda for growth and innovation

Alastair Reed and Renaud Thillaye and Thomas Aubrey  |  12 June 2015

One item that is unlikely to be top of David Cameron’s European Union reform agenda is the EU’s proposed capital markets union. Immigration, welfare and human rights appear to be dominating discussions as Cameron continues to meet with all 27 European leaders before the European council meeting at the end of June. Beyond its mundane …

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Wanted: Strong leadership for Europe

Renaud Thillaye  |  6 June 2014

‘We are not short of ideas – what is missing is the political will’. These words, by European Commission vice-president Joaquín Almunia, captured perfectly the mood at yesterday’s Policy Network conference on the aftermath of the European elections. More than by just populist stress, the European Union is afflicted by a crisis of leadership. Matteo …

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A wake-up call for the French Socialists

Renaud Thillaye  |  31 March 2014

Yesterday the run-off of the French municipal elections ended with the worst possible scenario for François Hollande after the 23 March first round’s poor results. Despite holding the Paris mayoralty, with the first woman ever to win that post, the results confirmed the tendencies noticed last week, namely an unusually high abstention level, a Front …

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Monsieur Extraordinaire

Renaud Thillaye and Roger Liddle  |  11 March 2014

Portrayed as a directionless muddler in the British press, François Hollande has achieved more in two years than he is given credit for, say Roger Liddle and Renaud Thillaye François Hollande has aroused all kinds of feelings within Labour’s ranks over the last two years. From early indifference, the French president managed to spark curiosity …

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The limits of eurozone integration and its consequences

Renaud Thillaye  |  29 July 2013

The British debate on the European Union takes further integration in the euro area for granted. As the mantra goes, the sovereign debt crisis has shown that the euro set-up was ill-planned from the outset and that a federal ‘leap forward’ is necessary. Yet talk about integration in the eurozone is misleading. Recent reforms of …

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Letter from … Paris

Renaud Thillaye  |  15 May 2013

The cheers that accompanied François Hollande’s election seem a distant dream. Dismal economic results, a terrible press at home and abroad, and confusion about what the French president stands for, marred the anniversary of his first year in office on 6 May. His ratings have plummeted from more than 60 per cent in May 2012 …

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Will Hollande make it?

Renaud Thillaye  |  20 April 2012

France is going to the polls on Sunday. Despite widespread criticism of poor programmes and dull speeches, the campaign has had some interesting developments in the last few weeks. The lead of François Hollande has remained largely uncontested, but the conditions of his much-awaited victory have slightly changed, essentially due to the surge of Jean-Luc …

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