Tagged with Constitution

Can the Fifth Republic survive M Sarkozy?

The dangerous path on which France's once admirable institutions have been taken over the past few years has just reached a new low with even the existence of Cabinet solidarity apparently forgotten by the current administration.

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Whither France’s institutions? The tragic and unlamented end of a thirty-year golden age

From 1962 to 1992, the system put in place by de Gaulle was highly successful. This has now given way to a period of instability, governmental weakness and disillusionment

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Don't let the French president get elected by chance

A quick look at the result of the French 2002 presidential election: the two-ballot winner-takes-all system could potentially again result in one of the two mainstream candidates not making it to the second ballot. Yet nobody seems to care.

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