Jon Henley examines what France makes of the UK’s decision to leave the EU: what’s their strategy for dealing with it and is it the case that they – perish the thought – hope to benefit from it?
What the French think matters, obviously, not just because their voice is one of the more important in Europe – especially under its energetic and unashamedly pro-European president Emmanuel Macron – but also because France is, for most Brits, where “foreign” begins. The two countries have a particularly long and, shall we say, tangled history.
With Jon Henley to discuss France and Brexit are Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, the UK and Ireland correspondent for Liberation, Eric Albert, who writes for Le Monde mainly on UK economic affairs, and Renaud Thillaye, an EU and French politics analyst with the business advisory firm Flint Global. Thillaye is, like everyone else, probably spending rather more time on Brexit at present than is good for him.