Monday, March 19, 2007

Segolene's Sixth Republic

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal tried to gain new electoral momentum today by proposing an autumn referendum of a "Sixth Republic". This constitutional change would replace the "Fifth Republic", which was formed in 1958 during the Algerian crisis, and very much a creation of Charles de Gaulle.

What would this actually entail? According to Royal, her changes would create "a new balance of power to modernize France, to render more efficient political decion." Specifically, it would give the parliament greater sway in terms of "social matters, environment, foreign politics, and defense." It would also limit elected officials to one post at a time, and give French expats the right to vote in local elections from abroad.

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