Navigating Today’s Geopolitical Landscape: French Elections

European elections have been making headlines in 2017 – and amidst this backdrop of political uncertainty, investors may be concerned about the potential market impacts. Our investment leaders provide perspectives on what recent election results could mean for the markets and help investors understand today’s geopolitical risks.

May 7, 2017

French Election Result: Macron Wins, But Can He Deliver?

There were no surprises as French voters elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president after the second round of voting. Franklin Templeton’s investment professionals share their thoughts on the prospects of a Macron presidency and suggest it might not be plain sailing for the self-styled political outsider.

May 7, 2017

Philippe Brugere-Trelat: Polls on Point—Emmanuel Macron Prevails

Franklin Mutual Series Executive VP and Portfolio Manager Philippe Brugere-Trelat explains why he believes Emmanuel Macron’s French presidential victory could be beneficial for French and European equities.

May 7, 2017


New President Emmanuel Macron won on his pro-business, pro-growth platform. Now what? Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab and Templeton Equity Group’s Cindy Sweeting offer their initial take.

April 23, 2017

French Election Result – It’s Not Yet a Done Deal

David Zahn, head of European Fixed Income, shares some thoughts on the potential market implications of the French presidential race.

April 18, 2017

How Theresa May’s Election Gambit Could Strengthen Her Brexit Hand

Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s David Zahn explains why he thinks Theresa May’s snap election decision could enhance her position at home and on the international stage.

April 11, 2017

Cutting Through the Political Noise for Opportunities in Europe

Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Katrina Dudley explain how they’re cutting through the political noise to uncover potential opportunities in European markets.

April 3, 2017

An Investor's View of the French Presidential Election

A preview of the upcoming French elections and the implications for fixed-income investors from our head of European Fixed Income, David Zahn.

March 16, 2017

Does Dutch Election Result Signal an End to Europe’s Populist Surge?

Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s David Zahn examines the issue of populism in Europe, including Dutch elections and a possible second Scottish referendum.