In La Course à l'Élysée, players take the roles of a candidate in the presidential election and each player also is given a party. Your goal is to seduce the French. Under the spotlight, you multiply the televised debates. During these face-to-face with your opponents, you expose your political agenda, with ideas hastily prepared by your campaign team.
A pawn to your color evolves on a board representing the steps of the Elysee. Depending on the square where you are you should follow the instructions of a card or participate in a challenge.
You may use dirty tricks and ideas you have borrowed from others, you will choose an opponent for the debate which will be refereed by a "journalist", the player next to you whose role will be to control the time allowed to each.