Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Chirac preempted by former President

Former center-right French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing said in a magazine interview that no president should attempt to win a third term. This is nothing other than a sharp rebuke of current President Jacques Chirac, who has made no secret that he might decide to run for a third term at the last minute. Although French law has no term limits, no president has ever served beyond two seven-year terms. In 2000 the law changed the terms into 5-year periods, so Chirac will have been in office for 12 years, just shy of François Mitterrand's 14 year rule.

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