Economic Research: French Elections Podcast and Article

French Election: What’s at Stake This Sunday

By Erik Norland, Senior Economist, CME Group

Podcast – Outcome Could Impact Euro, EU

French voters will elect a new president in the second and final round of voting this Sunday, May 7. The outcome could have serious implications for the future of the European Union, impact the euro and might even have a telling effect on Britain’s negotiations to exit the EU in the wake of the Brexit vote.


Article – Britain, France: A Tale of Two Discordant Elections


  • High anxiety in French elections, U.K. race appears one-sided
  • British Conservatives look set to win majority in parliament
  • French election has the potential for an upset victory by Marine Le Pen
  • Euro and pound could see increased implied volatility