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Vern Ferguson

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Transcript of France

Republic of France
La République française
Fifth Republic (October 4, 1958)
Since 1st French Revolution in 1789 there have been two restorations of the monarchy, two empires, and five republics
Semi-presidential system
Strong national government
Strong executive branch
Weak local government
Parliament: From the French verb parler (to talk/speak)
Civil law (. English Common Law)
Ministry of Justice
Administration of judicial system
Administration of prison system

Ordre Judiciaire
Criminal & Civil
Ordre Administratif
Supervise the government

Constitutional Council
Human Rights
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.N. 1948)

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the E.U. (2000)

Post Charlie Hebdo
Patriot Act
Executive Branch
President (Head of State)
Elected for a five-year term
The President appoints the Prime Minister and the Cabinet
François Hollande

The Government
Comprised of the PM and the Cabinet
PM is the Head of Government
Manuel Valls
Responsible for the budget, the armed forces, and can issue decrees
Introduce bills to the parliament
September 11, 2015
Bicameral legislature
Senate (Upper chamber)
348 seats
Indirectly elected for 6-year terms
National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) (Lower chamber)
577 seats
Directly elected for 5-year terms
Together, Congress of the French Parliament

Less power than in previous republics
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