TTHE EUROPEAN Parliamentary elections, and the first round of snap elections called in response by President Emmanuel Macron, have left no doubt that extreme political parties are on the rise in France. The far-right Rassemblement National (RN), which is in pole position after the first round with 33% of the vote, promotes “national preference” for French citizens on housing, jobs and benefits, and for French companies on procurement. The extremes of French politics, including parts of the left-wing alliance New Popular Front that came second in the first round with 28%, promote a eurosceptic agenda. Given such risks to France’s central role in the EUSome even wonder if the country is sliding towards a “Frexit”.

I have seen first-hand how crucial a country’s political and economic stability is to fostering innovation and growth. In 2000, I was hired by Steve Jobs and moved to vibrant London as Apple’s General Manager and Vice President of Europe, where I lived for over 13 years. Brexit and the election of Macron caused an economic shift from London to Paris. I witnessed this shift when the president appointed me as France’s ambassador for international investment in 2017 and I became chairman of Business France, a government agency that promotes France to foreign investors.