Europe, Populism and Le Pen – April 30, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Europe, Populism and Le Pen – April 30, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: What the upcoming French presidential election means for France and the rest of Europe.

Alison speaks to journalist Stefan de Vries, who has been covering the French Presidential election for BBC Radio, CNN as well as on his podcast So French.

French scholar and teacher of political science at the Paris Institute of Political Science, Thomas Vitiello talks to Alison about how the outcome of the Presidential election could affect the European Union.

The Globe and Mail Senior International Correspondent Mark MacKinnon speaks to Alison about his coverage of the refugee crisis and the rise of populism in Europe.

And we hear from two French citizens with very different opinions on who should be the next French President.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).