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European and global affairs are typically downplayed at election time in France, as
elsewhere, and a rudimentary observation of the French 2012 presidential elections
would appear to confirm this hypothesis. However, this article argues that
in the case of the 2012 French elections the issues of ‘Europe’ and ‘the world’
were significant and inextricably linked to many of the ostensibly domestic
campaign issues raised by candidates, media and voters. With reference to the
campaigns, the broader electoral contexts and the results, the analysis of this
apparent paradox suggests how global forces both shaped the 2012 domestic
contest in France and constitute a broader picture in which France has been
deemed by some commentators to be a ‘flawed democracy’.