Writer: François-Joseph Schichan

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Flint's guide to COP28

1. What is COP28? In this look-ahead post, we provide a brief guide to COP28, the key issues and items of agenda headed into the event. COP (“conference of the parties”) takes place every year and is the world’s only multilateral decision-making forum on climate change, attracting high-level global participation and interest. Each COP seeks […]
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29 Nov, 2023

2024 Elections: An overview of the political landscape

Over 2 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – will be affected by elections in 2024, including in the US, EU, UK, Taiwan, India and Russia. Some will have significant global implications, though in many cases the full effects will not play through until 2025. This blog explores the upcoming elections and […]
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09 Nov, 2023

Starmer meets Macron: building ties for the future? 

In the run-up to a general election, being seen interacting with world leaders is an important element to building legitimacy and credibility for both the incumbent and challenger campaigning for the top spot. The meeting between Keir Starmer and Emmanuel Macron on 19 September is such a moment. It concludes an intense international week for […]
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19 Sep, 2023

G7 summit: the challenges to Western unity 

The G7 Leaders’ Summit is taking place on 19 – 21 May in Hiroshima, Japan. Economic security and combating economic coercion will be the dominant themes, driven by the US as they push allies to curb dependencies on China.   Opposition to Russia and support for Ukraine will be the other main theme. Leaders will discuss a […]
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19 May, 2023

What the Integrated Review refresh means for British foreign policy

Last week, the Government published the long-awaited “refresh” to its national security and international policy, the Integrated Review (“IR23”). The Government also announced an additional £11 billion to the defence budget over the next 5 years, with £5 billion of that in the first 2 years.   The Integrated Review, initially published in March 2021 (“IR21”), […]
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24 Mar, 2023

The political fallout of FTX spreads to France

What happened? 2023 started on a strong note for the crypto industry in France.   Senator Hervé Maurey, a centrist, caught the industry - and the government - by surprise in adding an amendment to an otherwise unrelated legislation. The change would have drastically strengthened the authorisation framework for digital asset services providers (DASPs, or so-called […]
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01 Mar, 2023

Flint Briefing Call: Crisis over, or crisis just begun: where next for the energy market?

Flint Partner Josh Buckland is joined by Flint experts Mary Starks former Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at the UK energy regulator Ofgem, Gregor Kreuzhuber, former advisor to two EU Commissioners and Francois-Joseph Schichan, former diplomat and political adviser to various French Ambassadors to discuss where next for the energy market. You can also download this episode here.
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02 Feb, 2023

Geopolitics in 2023: a transition year 

2023 looks set to be a transition year for geopolitics. Developments this year will shape the political debate ahead of major electoral events in 2024: the US, Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan will face presidential elections, the UK will in all likelihood hold a General Election, and the EU will hold the European parliament elections. 2023 […]
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27 Jan, 2023

Ukraine: The end of financial globalisation?

Russia’s war against Ukraine and the West’s response will have structural long-term economic consequences. A month after the beginning of the war, we take stock of some of the big questions around the macroeconomic impact and the global financial system. Russia and Europe will pay a heavy price A global recession is unlikely. The IMF […]
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29 Mar, 2022

Flint Opinions: What the Ukraine crisis means for business 

We asked some of Flint’s experts for their take on the wider and longer-term impacts of the Ukraine crisis.  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had an immediate impact on energy prices and security, spurring Western countries to cut or reduce their reliance on Russian gas. This has long-term implications for the energy sector. Nations are scrambling […]
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25 Mar, 2022

The Flint Podcast - A fracturing world? Geopolitics in 2022

We enter 2022 amid great international uncertainty. Covid may be in retreat in the developed world, but not across the globe. High debt and inflation will make delivering on climate promises hard. Serious political and military tension has flared between Russia and the West over Ukraine. The China/US standoff persists. America is divided and Biden […]
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11 Feb, 2022

France at the helm: a guide to the French EU Presidency

France will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between 1 January and 30 June. The success of this Presidency will be a key element of President Macron’s re-election bid. He has placed Europe at the heart of his political priorities and sees this as an opportunity to showcase French leadership in […]
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10 Dec, 2021

Flint News & Flint in the Media

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC Radio 4

In this appearance, Director François-Joseph spoke about the latest on channel crossings, immigration policy in France and UK-France cooperation to tackle illegal immigration. Listen from 54 minutes and 43 seconds.
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16 Jan, 2024

François-Joseph Schichan writes for Le Figaro

Director François-Joseph wrote an article for Le Figaro on immigration and populism in British politics and the return of Nigel Farage.
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08 Jan, 2024

François-Joseph Schichan is a panellist at UK in a Changing Europe event

Director François-Jospeh speaks about Macron’s vision for European security, the French national security strategy, and what role he [Macron] sees the relationship between France, Germany and the UK as the E3.
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23 Nov, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on RTS

Director François-Joseph speaks on Swiss television channel RTS about David Cameron's appointment as Foreign Secretary and the political situation in the UK.
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20 Nov, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes op-ed in Figaro Vox

Director François-Joseph writes a piece for Le Figaro on the significance of David Cameron’s return to British politics.
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17 Nov, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC News

Director François-Joseph Schichan spoke about French foreign policy and President Macron’s visit to the Middle East on this morning's BBC News segment.
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24 Oct, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Bloomberg

Trump’s presidential return would “certainly push a Labour government closer to the EU,” writes Francois-Joseph Schichan of Flint Global.
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26 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan appears on BBC News

François-Joseph spoke to BBC News about the significance of King Charles’ State visit to France for UK-France relations and EU-UK relations.
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22 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on Sky's daily podcast

Director François-Joseph speaks on Sky's podcast about the state of the Franco-British relationship, the King’s visit to France and Keir Starmer’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron.
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22 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes for UK in a changing Europe

Director François-Joseph Schichan analyses Labour leader Keir Starmer’s meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, highlighting the reasons for the visit from a French perspective.
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20 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Les Echos

« Il y a aussi une proximité idéologique entre le parti de Macron et le Parti travailliste d'aujourd'hui : Macron a gagné en faisant campagne au centre, en fédérant le centre gauche et le centre droit - une approche très similaire de Tony Blair qui est une source d'inspiration majeure pour le Labour »
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20 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph writes an opinion piece for Les Echos

"Les entreprises en première ligne face aux désordres du monde" : François-Joseph Schichan, Directeur à Flint Global, analyse l'impact des incertitudes géopolitiques sur les entreprises, et comment elles peuvent y répondre.
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14 Sep, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on Radio Télévision Suisse

Director François-Joseph spoke on Radio Télévision Suisse to discuss the UK's political situation on immigration policy.
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15 Aug, 2023

François-Joseph appears on Sky News and ABC News Australia

Director François-Joseph spoke on Sky News and ABC Australia on the social and political situation in France following the recent protests.
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03 Jul, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes an article for the French magazine Conflits

Director François-Joseph writes on business and geopolitics in his latest guest article for geopolitics magazine Conflits.
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12 Jun, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes article for Le Spectacle du Monde

Director François-Joseph Schichan writes an article on the challenges facing France's diplomacy and foreign policy.
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24 May, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes an article for Le Figaro

In an article for Le Figaro, Director François-Joseph explains to a French audience the political and symbolic significance of the coronation for the UK and the challenges facing the new King.
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12 May, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Bloomberg

Director François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Bloomberg's article on crypto regulation in the EU where he said “MiCA brings quite considerable regulatory constraints and is not necessarily about to usher in a golden age for crypto in Europe”.
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27 Apr, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on Sky News

Director François-Joseph appeared on Sky News to discuss the latest round of protests in France against the pension reform.
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14 Apr, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Bloomberg

Director François-Joseph said “The government is in a complicated situation,” [...] “France is going to come under pressure, from the EU and maybe the US, to harden its regulation.” for Bloomberg's article France’s ‘Startup Nation’ Becomes a Haven for Crypto.
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13 Apr, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan interviewed by Le Figaro

Director François-Joseph Schichan was interviewed by French Newspaper Le Figaro on the current political situation in Ireland, touching on the crisis in the asylum system and the housing crisis.
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06 Apr, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in The Washington Post

Director François-Joseph Schichan was quoted in The Washington Post's article 'Let Them Eat Crypto? France Cooks Up a Plan,' where he said “the environment is more unstable than it was a year ago.”
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05 Apr, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in i Newspaper

“Boris Johnson and Emannuel Macron managed to have quite a stable relationship at the start, but it went downhill pretty quickly,” Mr Schichan said. “Johnson and Liz Truss took a confrontational stance towards the EU and the member states. I think Rishi Sunak decided you can get more from the EU member states by having […]
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27 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC News

Director François-Joseph Schichan appeared on BBC News (evening) to discuss the King's state visit to France.
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27 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on Sky News

Director François-Joseph Schichan speaks with Sophy Ridge on Sky News on the cancellation of the King's state visit to France.
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27 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC Radio Scotland

Director François-Joseph Schichan spoke on the cancellation of the King's state visit to France on BBC Radio Scotland.
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27 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC Radio

Director François-Joseph appeared on BBC Radio to discuss King Charles’ visit to France. 
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24 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Challenges

Director François-Joseph Schichan is quoted in the French weekly economic magazine on the Franco-British summit and economic cooperation between France and the UK.
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15 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan on BBC News

Director François-Joseph Schichan appeared on BBC News to discuss the UK-France summit (10 March) and the important agreement reached by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on illegal immigration.
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13 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan does an Op-Ed for Les Echos

Director François-Joseph Schichan discusses the Franco-British Summit in his latest Op-Ed for Les Echos.
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10 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes for Le Figaro

Director François-Joseph wrote a piece for Le Figaro on the outlook of EU-UK relations after the agreement on Northern Ireland.
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03 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Les Echos

Director François-Joseph Schichan was quoted in the French newspaper Les Echos on the Northern Ireland protocol and the political challenges facing the Prime Minister to sell his deal in the UK.
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03 Mar, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes an article for Le Figaro

Director François-Joseph Schichan discusses the EU’s response to the Inflation Reduction Act in his latest article for Le Figaro.
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16 Feb, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan quoted in Challenges

Director François-Joseph is quoted in the French economic magazine Challenges on the UK Prime Minister and the political situation in the UK.
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08 Feb, 2023

François-Joseph Schichan writes an article for UK in a Changing Europe

Director François-Joseph Schichan reflects on the recent rift between France and Germany in his article for think tank UK in a Changing Europe.
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13 Jan, 2023

François-Joseph interviewed by Le Figaro

Director François-Joseph is interviewed by French Newspaper Le Figaro to discuss the political and social movements in the UK.
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15 Dec, 2022

Flint has opened in Paris...  

Flint has taken a significant step in expanding our European offer, opening a new permanent office in Paris headed by Partner Anne-Juliette Rohrbach. Our Flint France team across the company has experience working at the most senior levels in the French government, parliament, regulatory agencies, and the private sector. They support clients on commercial, political […]
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07 Sep, 2022
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